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Fired-up Linfield can win this title fight, says Burns

By Graham Luney

Aaron Burns has warned Crusaders that Linfield now have what it takes to taste title glory. David Healy's side are buoyant after a 2-1 win over the champions and now the Blues are hungry to hit the front.

Linfield can go a point behind the Premiership leaders tonight if they win at home to Coleraine and the Crues taste defeat to Ards. Burns (below), who netted the opener on the Shore Road at the weekend, said: "It's all to play for now. A one game turnaround and the gap could be one point. We know how close it will be, but we're ready for a title fight. There's a long way to go, but we want to do everything to get the (Gibson) Cup back."

Coleraine will visit Windsor Park lifted by the news that striker Eoin Bradley has left Glenavon and returned to the Bannsiders.

Crusaders, meanwhile, have confirmed yesterday's Belfast Telegraph story that they will ban the supporter who spat at Healy on Saturday.

"The club are pursuing a definite line of enquiry into identifying the perpetrator and will ban the individual from future games at Seaview for life and if possible all grounds in Northern Ireland," said a Crues spokesman.

Left-back Craig McClean added: "I know people can get emotional watching games but there is no place at all for that behaviour. That behaviour is totally unnecessary. It's unacceptable and overstepping the mark. The club will deal with it."

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