Marty Tabb insists that Donegal Celtic possess shock value - and he is ready to pull off the first surprise of the new season by taking all three points at the Ballymena Showgrounds tomorrow.
The west Belfast men were written off as relegation fodder as soon as they were promoted back in May and last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Crusaders hasn’t done anything to change opinions.
Tabb knew that he would be up against it from day one, after taking over from Pat McAllister at the end of June when he caused the first shock of the summer by leaving the club.
The former Cliftonville title winner, however, remains confident that DC won’t be cast as also rans.
“Everyone expects Donegal Celtic to suffer but we will create surprises, of that I have no doubt,” said the Donegal Celtic manager.
“I'm still hoping to add another couple of players and a goalkeeper, so we will have strength and quality in depth all season.
“Donegal Celtic is a proud club. It has achieved against the odds. It has had its knocks and it has kept on coming back over and over again.
“The people behind this club only want to see it perform at the top level.”