George McMullan targets title defence as he celebrates testimonial

Cliftonville stalwart George McMullan
Cliftonville stalwart George McMullan

George McMullan is hoping to rewrite Cliftonville’s history books this season.

The Reds captain is preparing to celebrate his testimonial dinner in Belfast on Saturday night.

Over 250 guests – including former Arsenal and Republic of Ireland defender David O’Leary – will pay tribute to the 32-year-old club stalwart.

McMullan has earned almost 500 appearances since making his debut back in 2002.

During that time he has won three League Cups and three County Antrim Shields, and also last season’s historic Premiership title.

It was the club’s first Gibson Cup success in 15 years, and McMullan is hungry to retain the title this season – which would be another first for the north Belfast club.

“To win the Gibson Cup with Cliftonville last season was a dream come true,” McMullan said.

“Don’t forget, I made my club debut in 2002, so I vividly remember playing in a relegation play-off against Armagh City in 2004. Now we are highly motivated to make history as the first Cliftonville side in history to retain the league title.”