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Mulgrew: I’m desperate to lead Blues to the title

By Graham Luney

Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew says he’s determined to savour tomorrow’s title decider at Solitude, insisting ‘It can’t come quick enough’.

The Blues can win the Premiership title for the first time in five years if they gain at least a point against Cliftonville or if Crusaders fail to beat Glenavon in their own final-day contest at Seaview.

The heat is on the Blues now they have hit the front with the finish line in sight but Mulgrew says the players should embrace the opportunity.

“My attitude is it’s an occasion and challenge to be embraced,” said the midfielder. “I’ve no doubt there will be a few nerves but this is why we play the game and love it so much.

“After we won at Coleraine (5-1 last weekend) I was on a high and, after not winning the league for five years, it’s very exciting to be on the brink of achieving it but we know it’s not over yet and we need to seize the moment.

“I’ve got to say it can’t come quick enough for me.

“The Irish Cup Final is the same, I want that day to come and I’m embracing the challenges.”

Crues boss Stephen Baxter said: “Now the pressure turns on Linfield to see if they can deliver the title.

“We have to look after our own performance — and that’s what we’ll be doing. I’m one of these people that fight to the death.”

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