IRISH LEAGUE: Cliftonville forward Stephen Garrett relishing Danske Bank Premiership marathon

Cliftonville forward Stephen Garrett
Cliftonville forward Stephen Garrett

Cliftonville forward Stephen Garrett admits he is prepared for a Premiership ‘marathon’ this season.

The Reds are nicely poised in third spot after 12 games, lurking just three points behind leaders Linfield.

The Solitude men have been cantering along nicely under new boss Gerard Lyttle, who has now gone seven games unbeaten since stepping into the hot-seat following Tommy Breslin’s departure last month.

“It’s important you stay in a good position coming up to Christmas and we’re on a positive run at the minute, but the challenge will be producing over 38 games,” Garrett said.

“We’re going well at the moment and long may it continue.

“We feel we can match any team on our day, but we know we have to continue picking up wins and go on a run of results.

“There are a lot of clubs up there at the moment – Linfield, Crusaders, ourselves and Coleraine who are flying – but we have to take it one game at a time.”

Cliftonville travel to fourth-placed Coleraine on Saturday afternoon, while leaders Linfield host Carrick Rangers.

Champions Crusaders meet Glenavon at Seaview while Portadown host Ballinamallard United.

In the other games Ballym ena United entertain Dungannon Swifts while Glentoran travel to Warrenpoint.