Barry Gray says this weekend’s friendly with Lisbellaw United will signal a step up in preparations for the new season.
Tomorrow’s Drumad Park contest will see Cliftonville’s squad afforded the opportunity to stake their claims for a place in the opening day line-up – just a fortnight ahead of the eagerly-anticipated Danske Bank Premiership curtain-raiser with Ards.
“Everyone will feature, it will be the last time that we will guarantee anyone game-time,” says Gray, who yesterday added goalkeeper Brett Long to a panel already replenished with the summer acquisitions of Joe Gormley, Garry Breen, Jamie Harney, Brian Neeson, Ciaran Caldwell and Liam Bagnall.
“The next two weeks in the run into the season will be focused on where I see us for the first game and we hope that it pans out that way.
“We will mix and match opposition, we should be able to run everyone in a comfortable enough manner and the next two weeks will be about bringing it to game mode, really.”
Supporters unfamiliar with the route to Lisbellaw United’s Drumad Park home are notified of the below video, which charts the course from Fivemiletown.