Paddy Kelly is determined that Donegal Celtic won’t return to the Championship under his management.
The west-Belfast side were written off as relegation certainties right from the moment they returned to the top flight via a play-off victory over Institute at the end of last season.
DC only went out of senior football previously when they didn’t make the cut for the new 12-team league in 2008 — they’d done enough on the pitch to stay well clear of the bottom.
They are currently sitting at the foot of the Carling Premiership, but Kelly — who is back in charge after Marty Tabb’s reign at the club last merely a matter of weeks — is confident he can beat the drop.
“This club has never been relegated on the pitch — and I don’t want this to be the first time,” said Kelly, who faces a relegation battle at Portadown tomorrow afternoon.
“I think we’ve a lot of good players at the club and that the squad I have has enough quality to keep us up.”