Beattie is taking nothing for granted in Cork City's title run-in

Beattie is taking nothing for granted in Cork City's title run-in
Steven Beattie against Drogheda. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Garry Buckley’s scrappy finish saw the Rebel Army edge a scrappy affair and put the club on the brink of a first league crown in 12 long years.

Just five points needed from the remaining seven games, five points from the 21 left on offer, it’s surely only a matter of time.

For the supporters on social media, thoughts have already turned to when and where they would like to officially seal it.

If results go their way it could be won as early as Friday week against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght.

If they don’t the next opportunities to celebrate the success could come either in the Munster Derby away to Limerick or at Turners Cross against the champions of the last three seasons Dundalk, with the date of that game set to be re-fixed.

Although it’s a nice discussion for the fans to have, it’s not something the players are contemplating.

“I’m not joking and this is not a cliché but nobody’s taking anything for granted here,” said Steven Beattie, echoing the views of manager John Caulfield.

“For us it's just three points, who gives a crap about what happens elsewhere, three points and whatever else happens, happens.

“You read a lot of bull that we could win it here, we could win it there if people drop points but it's crap.

“We focus on ourselves and if we do that we’ll be fine, we need to get over the line.

“That’s for the fans to look at but as paid professionals, you focus on the next game.” It has been another productive season for the former Bohemians and Sligo Rovers man who has predominantly played at right back despite being listed on the clubs official website as a midfielder.

The versatile Beattie was again quick to insist he’s happy to play in any position as he looks to earn an extension to his current contract which is set to expire in November.

“I remember last year against BK Hacken I played right back for 20 minutes over there and I did alright then at Genk as well,” added the 29-year-old.

“He (John Caulfield) put me there at half time against your man (Leon) Baily that ended up signing for Leverkusen.

“I did a few things untoward and got him taken off and from 45 minutes playing there, it turned into a year.

“I’ve said it a hundred times, I genuinely don’t care where I play once I’m playing every week and contributing, that’s what it’s all about.

“I said it to John I don’t want to think about next year I want to focus on this year and getting us over the line and do the best I can, then we can talk about my contract.

“But I won’t play for any other club in this country now, I’ll always be a Cork City player if I stay in Ireland.”

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