Michael McCrudden insists Cliftonville will give Rathfriland Rangers every respect in tomorrow’s encounter between the sides.
The Reds welcome the Northern Amateur Premier Division outfit to Solitude for a Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup Sixth Round tie from which the hosts are favourites to make progress but, with no shortage of giantkilling acts having already been performed in this season’s competition – including the Whites’ own comeback against Loughgall in the previous stage – McCrudden has emphasised the importance of being fully focused on the task ahead.
“You can’t take any game for granted because you could end up getting egg on your face,” he warns.
“I’m only in the door but I know the boys will approach the Rathfriland game like we would approach a game against Linfield, Crusaders or any other big game.
“It’s a massive game and we need to be in the draw for the next round.”
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