Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter won’t allow any supporters’ boycott derail his quest for victory against Linfield on Saturday.
Blues fans have been urged to stay away from Seaview for the crunch Danske Bank Premiership meeting between the Belfast sides.
The call comes in response to the court action taken by Crusaders over the redevelopment of Windsor Park.
The legal dispute between the Crues and the Irish FA is now settled, but the ill-feeling from a large section of Linfield’s support remains.
The proposed boycott has lingered in the build-up to Saturday’s titanic showdown at Seaview.
Crusaders sit 11th in the Premiership after losing their opening two fixtures of the season, while Linfield are perched one place above with just one point to their name.
It all points to a mighty tussle on the Shore Road, with the threat of the fans’ action adding extra intrigue to the clash.
But for Crues boss Baxter, his only focus is on events on the pitch.
“At the end of the day we are all better than this. We have a close-knit football family in Northern Ireland and we all work together,” he said of the boycott.
“We want all clubs to benefit from IFA funding and all clubs to survive and prosper.
“It is disappointing if there is a supporter boycott on Saturday, but from my point of view it will not come into my thinking. We have to prepare tactically, mentally and physically – and it will be 11 vs 11 on the pitch come 3pm Saturday.
“So fans staying away or not will have little bearing on the game. We are focused on what is always a big game and we want to get the victory. That is our sole aim.”