Chines enjoying life at Carrick Rangers

With seven goals to his name already this season, Carrick striker Miguel Chines is certainly enjoying life at Taylor’s Avenue, writes John Gillespie.
Carrick striker Miguel ChinesCarrick striker Miguel Chines
Carrick striker Miguel Chines

The Portuguese frontman has proved an instant hit with the Amber Army, adding a real clinical edge to Rangers’ attacking play since his summer arrival from Knockbreda.

But the 35-year-old has played down his importance to the team and insists a collective effort and winning matches is all that matters.

“I wasn’t really aware of the impression I have made (at the club) so far, I’m just happy things are going okay. As far as settling in goes, that wasn’t hard at all. I knew some of the boys already, which made it even easier. Also, they’re a great group of guys with some funny characters in there.”

Even at this early stage of the campaign, Carrick manager Gary Haveron has already highlighted his significance in the final third, but the ex-Linfield man doesn’t feel any pressure on his shoulders.

“When Gary got in touch with me he was very direct, explaining what he wanted and why he believed I could do what the team lacked a bit the season before. I hope I can pay him back on the pitch for the faith he has in me. I think anyone who plays up front is expected to score and I’m no different, [but] I don’t put, or feel, any pressure on myself. I wouldn’t enjoy football if I did.”