Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Quinn out to do Cliftonville a big favour

Marty Quinn
Marty Quinn

Marty Quinn will take his Glenavon side to Windsor Park tonight determined to give his old club Cliftonville a massive title boost.

Quinn, who guided the Reds to Gibson Cup glory in 1998, can dramatically lift spirits and expectation levels at Solitude by masterminding Linfield’s downfall.

The Blues appear to be an unstoppable force in the Carling Premiership title sprint but nothing will be taken for granted at Windsor Park.

Four points clear of second placed Cliftonville and boasting a game in hand — at Institute on Friday night — David Jeffrey’s side will be looking to strengthen their grip on the trophy with a win over the Lurgan Blues.

Glenavon, however, will arrive at Fortress Windsor with renewed heart after their dramatic 2-1 win at ’Stute.

“When you go to Windsor Park you know you are going to have to survive a bombardment and after soaking up a bit of pressure you hopefully can take a chance when it comes,” said Quinn.

“We’ll be missing Jay Magee, our young centre-back who must serve a one-match ban, so the task is made even more difficult but we will give it our best shot and the boys are certainly more upbeat after our win at the weekend.

“Everyone knows I celebrated a league title win at Cliftonville and I think it is great they are challenging again though Linfield will be difficult to catch.

“They have players who have crossed that line before and that experience is vital. The Blues have greater strength in depth than their rivals and they have been there, done that. Linfield are the favourites but of course they have not won it yet and it would be great for the neutrals to see the title race go right to the wire.”

Glenavon look as if they won’t have to flirt with relegation as the season reaches its climax but Quinn still wants to finish a difficult campaign on a high.

“Our plan to finish in the top six never materialised but hopefully we want to win the bottom six league we now find ourselves in,” added Quinn.

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