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Reds ready to soar after win over Swifts, says Garrett


By Alex Mills

Stephen Garrett is happy for Cliftonville to operate under the radar in the Danske Bank Premiership title race. The Reds have hardly set the world alight so far, but after last week's confidence-building win over Dungannon Swifts, Garrett believes the best is yet to come.

Although they have won only two of their six opening games -which squeezes them into the top six - Garrett believes Barry Gray's boys are ready for lift-off.

Their title credentials will be scrutinised today when the Reds make the journey to face Glenavon at Mourneview Park.

"Glenavon are scoring goals for fun, but we seem to respond to the big games, with all due respect to other teams," said Garrett.

"We have a great team spirit and we hope to build on last week's result."

Cliftonville can boast possibly the most lethal striking strike force in the league with Joe Gormley, Jay Donnelly, Rory Donnelly and Daniel Hughes all battling it out for a starting slot.

"I don't envy the boss," laughed Garrett.

"He has so many great strikers, it's a difficult job. I suppose it's all about getting the right mix. The the quality is there.

"Joe is gradually playing his way into games. He has got over all his injury problems that plagued him in England.

"His goal last week against Dungannon certainly suggested he's back to his best."

Following the departure of Gerard Lyttle, Cliftonville officials decided to look outside for a replacement.

Garrett added: "Barry has fitted in very well. Perhaps it is just what the club needed."

Although the Reds are still playing catch-up, Garrett is confident of being in the mix in terms of a title challenge just when it matters.

He concludes: "It has the makings of a great title race. The crowds are up this season and there have been some terrific games already."

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