Skipper Ryan Catney and defender Jamie McGovern are suspended for Cliftonville’s clash against Dungannon Swifts at Solitude on Saturday.
Both players must sit out a one game ban. It means manager Gerard Lyttle must reshuffle the pack that stormed to a 4-2 home win over Ballymena United last week.
“People talk about the strength of the Crusaders squad, but we have a fantastic panel,” said Lyttle. “In fact, I’m in a position to bring in players of similar quality as Catney and McGovern. So I’ll have no problems there.
“The first half hour of our match last week was probably the best we have played since I became manager. We were coasting at 3-0. But we took our foot off the gas and let Ballymena into it. They rocked up a little bit.
“Once we scored our fourth, we took off again.”
Although the Reds will be favourites to add to their points kitty against the Swifts, Lynch will be taking no chances.
“We have a good record against them,” he adds. “I think we are a bit of a bogey team for them. But Dungannon were unlucky to lose out to Crusaders last week, they conceded a goal in the last minute.
“The reality is, we have to focus on our own game and do what what is required to get the points.”
Swifts chief Rodney McAree is still feeling disappointment of conceding a last gasp strike against the Crues, when Stephen O’Flynn netted with almost the last kick .”
“I was gutted for the players,” said McAree. “But it has happened all too often to us.
“We got the late equaliser, but we conceded straight after that. We decided to defend 10 yards deeper and we invited them and we we paid the price.”