Belfast Telegraph

Big Two still best show in town: Healy

Linfield manager David Healy
Linfield manager David Healy

By Alex Mills

With a rejuvenated Glentoran primed to visit Windsor Park for the first Big Two derby of the season, Linfield boss David Healy roared "bring it on".

The Blues are now firmly grounded following their extraordinary Europa League adventure when they agonisingly missed out on becoming the first Irish League club to claim a place in the group stages of the competition - eliminated on the away goals rule by Azerbaijan champions Qarabag.

They returned to local action last weekend by nicking three Danske Bank Premiership points in a bruising affair against Cliftonville at Solitude, but Healy's boys are still playing catch-up.

They trail table-topping Crusaders by a staggering 10 points already, which means there is no room for error in today's Belfast derby.

"Mentally, we look after ourselves. I'm not concerned how many games or points we are behind," said Healy.

"Every game is a challenge - it always is at Linfield regardless of the opposition.

"I know the players are relishing this game.

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"Linfield v Glentoran is the biggest fixture on the local calendar, so bring it on."

Glentoran are in the midst of a revival under boss Mick McDermott, backed by investment from Cardiff-based businessman Ali Pour.

Healy added: "Nobody wants to see a club struggle. People may say it's great for the league that Glentoran are on the way back. It certainly helps harden the competition.

"But we don't worry about what other clubs do, we look after ourselves."

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