Lacey: We haven’t got the respect we deserve

Footballer of the year Karl Lacey has claimed Donegal are not getting the respect they deserve as All-Ireland champions.

The four-time All Star was speaking in relation to the possibility of the reigning Ulster champions’ provincial quarter-final being moved away from Ballybofey to Clones. He said they would feel cheated if a decision was made to take away Donegal’s right to home advantage for the game due to MacCumhaill Park’s reduced capacity.

"We have been unlucky the last two years getting drawn in the preliminary rounds," he said.

"We have done it the hard way and it looks like we will have to do it the hard way against this year. A home draw is a home draw and that is the way it goes. Fair enough, if they sell out, they sell out and you can’t get any more people in. It is no different to an All-Ireland final if it is a sell-out.

"We don’t want to lose out. I think it is very unfair that we are being treated like that, especially when we are the All-Ireland champions and we have not got the respect that we should have. We definitely feel that we should have a home tie."

Lacey feels it will be quite some time before Jim McGuinness’ Donegal receive the esteem they think they’re entitled to.

"We are well used to it now, we will have to be like Kilkenny before we get the respect.

"Donegal have always had different problems, even in the last couple of years. Even in Jim’s first year there was a lot of talk and criticism again at the start of this year. It is something that we are well used to. It is not a motivation factor, not at all. It is part and parcel of the game."

But what is a motivation is the fact that Lacey believes their Tyrone rivals don’t rate them.

"The Tyrone lads are already talking about how ‘Donegal aren’t as good as we are’. They have already this chat about us.

"Team are going to be out to get us next year and we know that is the way it is going to be."