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David Platt prepares Bannsiders to have a shot at the title

David Platt is dreaming big at Coleraine and Linfield aren’t going to give him sleepless nights.

Platt has assembled a Bannsiders squad that is capable of grasping silverware, but is the Gibson Cup a bridge too far for them?

Goal machine Rory Patterson has left for Plymouth Argyle, while Sammy Morrow continues to be linked with a move across the water.

Platt knows Linfield will take some stopping in the title race, but he sees no point in kicking off the season believing they cannot top the pile at the finish.

“People were foolish enough to write Linfield off last season and look what happened,” said Platt.

“They have a young side who will be even stronger this season with more experience under their belts.

“They showed they had the bottle when it really mattered, but Cliftonville and Glentoran have also been in great form.

“We always set out wanting to win trophies, but we want to be in the shake-up for the title as well. You have to set your targets high otherwise you will not improve.

“We aren’t playing to finish fifth, sixth or seventh, we are playing to be the best. There are three points available in every game and we want to win every game. That has to be our goal every time we play.”

Platt knows there is always room for improvement but, ahead of today’s opener at home to Glenavon, he would like to see his players stick together when the going gets tough.

“I would like to see us play as a team more,” he said. “There were times last season when we didn’t play as a team and we paid the price for that. I’m looking forward to watching Gareth Harkin, a tremendous footballer who also played for Derry City.

“Aaron Canning is another player who excites me and at 18-years-old we are going to see a wonderful young talent.

“Most of our team is under 25, only a handful are older and now everyone wants to get across that white line and win their first game.”

Belfast Telegraph