Defiant manager Stephen Baxter has brushed off Crusaders’ harsh critics and is adamant the Seaview side are the “cleanest club in the country” in the fight against Covid-19.
The deadly virus has disrupted the Danske Bank Premiership fixtures schedule again this campaign but the Crues have been hit hardest with six postponements including the festive derby with Cliftonville.
That league match at Solitude was called off just a few hours before kick off last Monday and then rearranged for tomorrow night (7.45pm).
Some Cliftonville supporters argued that the Crues should have forfeited the points while others highlighted the number of cases at Seaview this season.
Crusaders, who also had to call off their league game against Glenavon on December 22, say they are leading the fight against Covid-19 through rigorous testing.
“Are the other teams testing? I only know of ourselves and Ballymena United,” argued Crues boss Baxter.
“We pick up on all cases so we can protect ourselves and our families.
“You hope that is being carried out elsewhere and that when we go to a ground that we are clean and they are clean. That is what is happening in professional sport all around the world and it needs to happen here.
“There needs to be a clean bill of health running through our game and that’s the worry.
“I don’t really care what people say or how they say it. We know what we do and we are the cleanest football club in the country when it comes to Covid-19. We’ve shown that by picking up all the cases and our testing process has been fantastic, we will continue to operate that way.”
The Crues returned to action on Saturday against Carrick Rangers but looked drained in the scoreless draw.
Warrenpoint Town’s matches against Dungannon Swifts and Coleraine were also postponed and there could be further call-offs ahead of Saturday’s Irish Cup first round action.