Former Donegal star Tony Boyle backs boss Jim McGuinness
Jim McGuinness is facing the biggest test of his managerial career to have his players mentally tuned in for Saturday's qualifier clash with Laois.
He can expect to get a winning response from a talented squad that is hurting badly after Sunday's Ulster final defeat by Monaghan.
That's the view of former Donegal star Tony Boyle, who believes that being All-Ireland champions will play a huge role in re-energising the team.
"It's brand new territory. Lads woke up on Monday morning, having lost an Ulster championship game for the first time since 2010," said Boyle.
"The big thing is though, that while they are no longer Ulster champions, they are still All-Ireland champions.
"They badly wanted to win the Ulster three-in-a-row, but the All-Ireland is an even bigger target and it's still there for them."