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Kelly not surprised by Donegal Celtic's change in fortunes

Donegal Celtic have raised eyebrows with a surprisingly successful start to the new Irish Premiership season but manager Paddy Kelly isn't pinching himself now that his team lie in the lofty third position in the table.

The west Belfast club has amassed 16 points from nine games and have shocked the system with victories on the road over Crusaders, Glentoran, Glenavon and Cliftonville.

Last Saturday's dramatic win over Cliftonville at Solitude was Celtic's first-ever win over the Reds.

But Kelly, who will take a weakened squad to Coleraine tomorrow due to suspensions, is not surprised at his club's turnaround in fortunes.

He said: "I think we had a stomach-full of misery last season and in pre-season this summer we went in with the attitude that the bad results and mistakes had to end.

"We set out to improve on last season but we also set out to finish in the top six this time around. The players now feel a top four finish is something they can achieve.

"I think we are in a position we deserve to be in but we could be in a much better one.

"Apart from our drubbing at Linfield, we should have beaten Ballymena United and we should have taken something from the game with Dungannon Swifts."

Kelly will be without banned front-men Darren Murray and Paul McVeigh for Saturday's visit to the Showgrounds - a venue where the wee Hoops have never won a league game.

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