Linfield’s Jamie Mulgrew promises battle to the end in thrilling title chase

Linfield's Jamie Mulgrew
Linfield's Jamie Mulgrew

Linfield midfielder Jamie Mulgrew has promised a “fight to the end” in the Danske Bank Premiership title race.

The Blues trail leaders Crusaders by six points with just seven games remaining this season.

Mulgrew and Linfield’s next assignment is Saturday’s trip to bottom club Institute - while Crusaders travel to Ballymena United.

“Crusaders are in the driving seat, but we have to try and put them under some pressure,” the 28-year-old said.

“We have to try and go on a run of wins and then we will see what happens.

“Even if we fall short this season, it is important we try and take it to the wire. We have maybe faltered in the past two seasons, and that is something we have to put right.

“We have to keep battling and show a team spirit in the remaining seven games of the season.”

Linfield are coming to the end of their first season under new manager Warren Feeney.

It has been a year of transition for the Blues, but Mulgrew insists there is still a demand for success from expectant fans.

“This is a club that expects to challenge for the title year in, year out,” he added. “That is the nature of the beast.

“It doesn’t matter who is in charge or whatever group of players is here, that is what’s expected. Whether we like or it not, that’s the way it is.

“Because we have been so successful as a club over many decades, our supporters expect and they deserve to expect. It’s up to us to try and deliver.”

Saturday’s fixtures: Ballymena United v Crusaders; Cliftonville v Glenavon; Institute v Linfield, Portadown v Dungannon Swifts; Warrenpoint Town v Coleraine.