Stephen Baxter believes Gibson Cup glory awaits Cliftonville if they continue playing the firebrand football that helped them claim the IRN-BRU League Cup.
Crusaders were humbled at Windsor Park on Saturday as their derby rivals ran amok with an emphatic 4-0 win.
Crues boss Baxter admitted his side were left feeling “a little embarrassed” as their League Cup defence wilted in the January rain in south Belfast.
Cliftonville remain nine points clear of Crusaders at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.
A first title in 15 years beckons for the Solitude outfit, and Baxter believes it will take something special to stop Tommy Breslin’s men between now and May.
“If Cliftonville keep playing like they did tonight they will have the league title wrapped up in three or four weeks,” Baxter said.
“The momentum is with them and they are well organised.
“I am delighted for Tommy Breslin. He is a gentleman and was very courteous in his manner at the final whistle. I am pleased for him.
“To win your first major trophy is a massive thing.
“They have no fear and they will attack you all day. We play them in the league in a few weeks’ time but that will look after itself.
“We have some important fixtures between now and then and we have to lift our players for our next game.
“There will be no histrionics.”