Rovers turn their attention towards Cliftonville friendly on Friday

Sligo Rovers this morning turned their attention towards a trip to Belfast on Friday for their next pre-season friendly.

The Bit O’ Red will face Irish League side Cliftonville at Solitude at 7.45pm.

Cliftonville are currently into the second half of the Irish Premiership season and sit third in the table – 13 points behind leaders Crusaders.

They are not in action this weekend as it is a cup weekend in the north, and they were knocked out of the competition in the previous round by Ballymena United.

Their next league game is away to Gavin Dykes’s Ballinamallard United side in Fermanagh on Saturday week.

Dave Robertson’s Rovers side were beaten 3-2 away to First Division side Longford Town last night, despite Daniel Kearns scoring twice, with both goals set up by Kieran Sadlier.

Rovers will play two home friendlies after the Cliftonville game, hosting the Irish Defence Forces on Wednesday, February 8, and Finn Harps on Tuesday, February 14.

Last night Harps beat the Inishowen League Oscar Traynor side 2-1 in a friendly in Buncrana in their first pre-season friendly.

New signing Danny Morrissey was among the goals for Ollie Horgan’s side.

Meanwhile, ex-Rovers boss Paul Cook is to link up with former Bit O’ Red striker Eoin Doyle once again.

The Dubliner has dropped down two divisions to the English League Two to link up with Cook’s Portsmouth on a loan deal from his parent club Preston.

The pair successfully previously worked together at Chesterfield, as well as at the Showgrounds.