Tommy Breslin believes Cliftonville are more than capable of handling their favourites tag after surging clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.
Saturday’s 8-0 rout of Ballymena United saw the North Belfast men extend their lead at the summit to seven points.
It may only be mid-November, but already their are rumblings of excited anticipation at Solitude following the club’s stellar start.
Breslin continues to keep a lid on the simmering expectation, but it is clear the Gibson Cup is firmly in his sights this season.
Following Saturday’s latest success the bookmakers responded – the Reds are now odds-on (5/6 generally) to lift the Gibson Cup next May.
Champions Linfield – who are a massive 14 points adrift in seventh – are second favourites at 10/3.
“We might suddenly be favourites, but that’s because we are in front,” Breslin said.
“We have spent the last few seasons chasing teams. We went on a long unbeaten run last season but never got to within four points of the leaders.
“We are in a nice position where we don’t have to win every week. We want to win, but we probably won’t.
“I will be disappointed if we are not up there contending come the end of the season.
“We are up there now, but it is only November and we have to keep battling.”