Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin believes his champions have become public enemy number one in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The Reds have already lost twice in their opening six games this season but still lead the way at the top as they look to defend the Gibson Cup.
Breslin believes the Solitude side have become a prized scalp for rivals following their title success, and has warned his players of the titanic battle that lies in wait in every game - including Saturday’s clash with Glentoran.
“We haven’t clicked yet, but we are still top of the table, so that’s pleasing” Breslin said.
“The players are realising that other teams are fighting tooth and nail against us this year. As champions, we are a scalp for other clubs.
“We will come to terms with that. We have a good squad to cope with the demands ahead.”
Captain George McMullan and midfielder Barry Johnston are both close to a return to action following injury.