Linfield skipper Michael Gault insists there will be no room for sentiment in Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership showdown against Glenavon at Mourneview Park.
The Blues will face fans’ favourite William Murphy for the first time since his surprise summer move to the Lurgan side.
Murphy, who won every medal in a fantastic 10 years at Windsor Park – including seven league titles – is sure to be given a special ovation by the visiting fans.
“Winkie is still a great friend of everyone at Linfield,” said Gault.
“In fact, we are all going to the Carl Frampton fight in a few weeks’ time, but for 90 minutes on Saturday, he’ll be one of the enemy
“He’s a Linfield legend, there is no doubt that. However, we will be going to Glenavon looking for three points – we have to be professional about it. There will be no room for sentiment or backslaps.
“We’ll be going there to do a job, that’s they way it is. It’s the same for Winkie – he’ll want to help his new club to get the points.”
Gault admits he is “not surprised” to see Glenavon muscle in with the leaders at the top of the Premiership table.
“Gary Hamilton bought well over the summer,” he adds.
“He added a lot of experience to the squad. He brought in Winkie, David Rainey and Shane McCabe – they know what it takes to win in this league.
“He has added experience to a lot of young lads he had at the club and their early results certainly indicate they are now a forced to be reckoned with.
“They will be disappointed with their performance against Crusaders last weekend. It’s well documented that Gary doesn’t like the plastic surface, so they will be going out to repair the damage this weekend.”