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Donegal Celtic 0 Newry City 0

Newry City boss Pat McGibbon is confident his club will remain in the Carling Premiership this season.

The former Manchester United defender picked up his first point from his second game in charge of the border club — and a valuable point it may prove to be come the end of the campaign.

City, who finished Saturday’s nervy relegation showdown with Donegal Celtic with 10 men following the dismissal of Alan Davidson for headbutting Celtic’s Paul McVeigh, certainly left west Belfast with a psychological edge. They will host the Belfast Hoops in a crucial league game at The Showgrounds next month.

Following the bore-draw, McGibbon said: “I would not have taken this job had I not believed we could survive in the league.

“I just wish that the transfer window was open because my hands are tied with the squad available. It’s a strange ruling that prevents me from bringing in players from junior leagues to add to the first team. We do need a few more bodies but that is something we can’t do anything about.

“We are depleted in terms of personnel and with three players now under suspension (Davidson, Conor Hagan and Ross Black), the rest of the guys will have to dig deeper. We need to stick together — it’s about us as a group and if anyone is not up for it then they should not be here.”

Celtic remain two points clear of City in the Premiership play-off position but what is not clear is where Paddy Kelly’s men will play this weekend.

An IFA fixture reshuffle saw Celtic’s planned visit to Cliftonville changed but confusion reigns and Linfield’s appeal against the changes will be heard by the Irish Football Association this evening.

Kelly said: “Once again the IFA is making a mockery of its own rules. As it stands, we don’t know where we are playing on Saturday.”

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