ORAN Kearney has played down Coleraine’s table-topping status as he prepares for another stern test in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The Bannsiders proudly sit top of the standings after picking up four wins from their opening six fixtures.
It has been a stellar start for the Showgrounds outfit who are hoping to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish.
But for Kearney there are still a number of mountains to scale as Coleraine look to make their mark on the top end of the Premiership table.
“Of course, it is nice seeing Coleraine sit top of the table. It shows we are doing something right,” Kearney said.
“But we are there to be shot at and there are still 32 games to play.
“There is a long way to go, so we just have to knuckle down and keep doing what we are doing.
“We won’t be complaining about sitting top, but at the same time we won’t be getting carried away with ourselves.
“The challenge to the players now is staying there for as long as possible.”
Glentoran boast the only remaining unbeaten record in the Premiership to sit in Coleraine’s slipstreams.
Eddie Patterson’s men have taken 12 points from a possible 18 – including three wins.
“Glentoran have had a great start and are the only unbeaten team left in the league – that speaks volumes as to the progress they have made,” Kearney added.
“We know it is going to be a tough game, but it is like that every week.
“We had tough games against Distillery and Donegal Celtic who are at the other end of the table.
“It dosn’t matter who you play, it is difficult.
“Every game is a cup final and Saturday will be no different.”
Coleraine will be without defender Kyle McVey who starts his suspension following last week’s red card against Lisburn Distillery.
Captain David Ogilby and defender Aaron Canning are also doubtful with injuries.
“OG has five stitches in his calf. It was a bit tender and he just wasn’t 100 per cent. It’s a long season and the last thing we wanted to do was take a risk with him,” added Kearney.
“Aaron had been complaining about a sore groin before the game.
“He got through to half time, but it always happens when you cool down and try to get going again it flares up and that’s what happened with him.”