Rangers loanee Chris McKee was on the scoresheet as Linfield sealed the Northern Irish title yesterday and usurped the Light Blues as the ‘most successful club in the world’ with their 56th league title.
David Healy’s side sealed a 2-0 win over Coleraine thanks to goals from McKee and Ben Hall before half-time to secure the title by a single point.
Fellow Rangers loanee Jake Hastie was on the bench for Linfield yesterday as they also surpassed the Gers in overall trophy count.
Manager David Healy was delighted with the title win as the former Rangers star he took a pop at the critics of his side’s signings while praising Linfield general manager Pat Fenlon and head of recruitment Willie McKeown.
“I am incredibly proud of the players and staff,” Healy told the BBC.
“We were never going to get a year of transition. There was so much expectation on myself and the club to deliver, probably unfair at times.
“All the clubs were laughing at stages when we were making signings, and the two boys we brought in in January basically scored the goals to win us the league today.
“The players have been a credit and so professional, and that showed today in how we managed the game today in the second half.
“The incredible staff I have here make my life so much easier when we get to match day. The chairman is my biggest supporter and ally in the club, in terms of giving us what we want to ensure that this club continues to push on.
“People like Pat Fenlon (General Manager) and Willie McKeown, our head of recruitment. Willie and I were battered from pillar to post in the summer. We replaced players but the players coming in got injured.
“We replaced in January again and people were laughing, calling us ‘Loanfield’.
“I have family here who couldn’t be any more proud. These players keep delivering. I am just the man who sits at the top of the club who people want to criticise when it goes wrong.
“But I will enjoy tonight.”