Coleraine manager Oran Kearney. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye
"People have said the players maybe weren't as good as the Clean Sweep or double-winning teams," said Northern Ireland's record goalscorer. "I think it was Andy (Waterworth) who said that sometimes at this club you live in the shadows of former great teams, players, captains and managers and everything else. Hopefully in two or three years' time, if we are successful, people at Linfield might start talking a wee bit about these players."
Kearney, who played in two Irish Cup finals for Linfield, said: "It's a massive game but we are not defeatist. We've had a lot of patronising comments like 'You've had a great season and it's nice to get to a Cup final and into Europe', but I want to win a game of football on Saturday and win a Cup.
"It's not so much patronising as people thinking you are turning up here to be beaten and watch Linfield lift the trophy.
"That's great because we can use that as motivation."