Tommy McCallion last night claimed that it will be a disaster if Coleraine don’t make the cut when the Irish FA Premiership splits in half at the end of next month.
And that is why the Bannsiders skipper is labelling today’s clash with Bangor as his team’s biggest game of the campaign.
If the Seasiders are in disarray following the revelations that they won’t be competing in the Premiershp next season, followed by manager Marty Quinn’s departure to Glenavon, it didn’t show when they hammered Carrick Rangers 5-1 in the Irish Cup in midweek.
If the Bangor players keep their focus then Coleraine’s fifth place could be in their sights and with five points separating the sides, the outcome of this afternoon’s clash at the Showgrounds could tell a tale in a few weeks time.
“Our top six place is in our own hands and I think if we’d been offered our current situation at the start of the season then most people at the club would have taken it,” said McCallion.
“The league is so tight, at the top, in the middle and at the bottom. It’s as tough a league as I remember and nobody is running away with it at the top, which hasn’t happened too often over the years.
“The game against Bangor is as big as they will come for us in the latter weeks of the season.
“Given the form we showed at the start of the season it would be a disaster if we aren’t in the top six and we still have to fight for that.”