Glengad launch their bid for an historic fifth consecutive league title this Sunday with a home tie against  premier division new boys Redcastle Utd.

To most, it's three points in the bag for the Crua men - especially given the recent challenges Redcastle have faced with the sudden departure of manager Emmett McLaughlin along with a host of key players.

But Glengad boss Shane Byrne insists there's no such thing as an easy game, and he will be treating this opening clash with the respect it deserves.

He told the Inish Times: "Redcastle have lost players, and they've lost Emmett, but when we played them in the league cup at the end of last season they stayed with us a very long time and we'll be expecting to see more of the same from them on Sunday.

"There are no givens in this league. Every game you play is tight, and I definitely wouldn't consider this one as an 'easy' fixture.

"And actually as far as fixtures go, we appear to have drawn the short straw once again this season. On the Sunday after, September 9th, Malin are out in the championship, and the two teams affected by that will be ourselves and Culdaff.

"We have been drawn away to Aileach - one of the toughest games in the whole thing- while Culdaff have a bye. It just doesn't seem fair."

But Byrne insists his players are no strangers to adversity. Despite being decimated by injuries in the early part of last season, they weathered the storm and lifted the title with relative ease.

There will no doubt be twists and turns this year, but he believes the squad is there to bring the league title back to the Crua yet again.

He said: "Kevin McLaughlin (keeper) is away in Australia until Christmas, but Daniel Mullarkey has come in and our new signings Dillon Ruddy and Connor Barrow are fitting in really well with the rest of the team.

"Terence (Doherty, striker) is fit again after breaking his collarbone and Cathal McDaid (midfielder) is scoring goals for fun and his confidence is flying.

"When it comes to this league there are no certainties, but I fully expect us to be there or thereabouts."

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