Lisburn Distillery boss Tim McCann is hoping for a belated Christmas gift in the form of three Premiership points from the Boxing Day clash against Donegal Celtic at New Grosvenor.
With the scheduled weekend game against Portadown washed out – along with four other top-flight fixtures – McCann insists this clash against basement strugglers Celtic is now the proverbial ‘six pointer’.
“We are now in a situation that a point is no good to us – it is a priority to get three from every game,” he said.
“I am confident we can survive. I attended a board meeting last week and I received great support.
“Hopefully, it will turn for us. We are certainly not playing badly – we matched Crusaders all over the park last week, but still lost out. Even Stephen Baxter admitted we were the better side.
“We must keep believing. The players are putting in the effort and I honestly think we can do enough to stay in the Premier League.”
Meanwhile, Celtic will be missing influential striker Mark Miskimmin due to suspension.
His fellow front man, Shane Dolan, has allegedly departed Suffolk Road – it is thought he is on the wish list of Ballymena boss Glenn Ferguson.