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McCormack set for a return at Cliftonville

SHAMROCK Rovers could decide to throw midfield star Conor McCormack into the mix for tonight's Setanta Cup quarter-final clash with Cliftonville.

The Co Louth native missed the final two games of last season and has sat out all of the current campaign to date after undergoing surgery on a groin injury, but McCormack is fit again and boss Stephen Kenny could give the ex-Manchester United man a run-out at Solitude tonight, where Rovers take a 2-0 first-leg lead into the tie.

"We have to go out and be positive in the game and look to get an away goal," said Kenny. "We will of course be going out to defend well and hold onto our lead, but our approach to the game will be positive and attacking."

Ahead of Sligo Rovers' game against Glentoran at the Oval, the Showgrounds club have again offered an apology to the Glens for events during their home leg of the quarter-final tie, which saw intruders steal items from and defecate in a bus belonging to Glens supporters.

Meanwhile, Linfield boss David Jeffrey is ready for a battle as the Blues travel to the Brandywell, as Derry City hold an away-goal advantage from the 1-1 draw at Windsor Park.

"We are not going there to make up the numbers. The players realise we should have got a better result in the first leg but we will go with a positive attitude," Jeffrey said.