Irish Premiership: Glentoran sign Croatian goalkeeper and midfielder

Marijan Antolovic
Antolovic has also played for FC Koper and Cibalia

Glentoran have signed Croatian goalkeeper Marijan Antolovic and midfielder Hrvoje Plum.

The transfer news comes a day after an announcement that the takeover of the club by a UK-based consortium has been completed.

Both of the new signings arrive from Croatian side NK Osijek.

Meanwhile. goalkeeper Elliott Morris has taken on a coaching role at the Oval but will remain a member of the first-team playing squad.

The 38-year-old, who has made 731 appearances for the east Belfast outfit, has been appointed as the Glens' goalkeeping coach.

Antolovic is a 30-year-old former Croatia Under-21 keeper who was linked with a move to Liverpool and Spurs in 2010, while 25-year-old Plum had a spell at Dinamo Zagreb as a youngster.

Elliott Morris
Morris missed the end of last season through injury

Glentoran manager Mick McDermott and club coach Paul Millar are both part of the consortium, led by British-Iranian businessman Ali Pour, that has taken over the east Belfast club.

Friday's club statement said the takeover would enable manager McDermott to "strengthen the team ahead of the new season".

Talking about his new role, Morris told the Glentoran website: "This is a great honour for me and I'm very proud to have been offered this role.

"It keeps me at a club I love, that's been a massive part of my life and makes sure I'll be contributing to Glentoran as we enter what's going to be a very exciting time for everyone here.

"I'm realistic that my body has been telling me I can't keep playing 35 or 40 matches a season at this level but I'll still be there challenging for a place and working closely with the other keepers and making sure we all push each other hard and motivate each other."

Morris has won 13 trophies during 16 seasons with Glentoran.