JOZO SIMUNOVIC is maintaining 2020 vision  for Celtic as he insists the winning mentality of the team will see them over the line in their relentless quest for nine in a row.

The champions have been flying since the turn of the year and they walloped Hearts 5-0 at Parkhead last night to stretch their winning  run to eight games since they returned from the mid-winter break.

As the Tynecastle team were decimated in the east end of Glasgow – with the Croatian centre-back scoring the fifth goal – nearest challengers Rangers were losing 2-1 to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park as they blew a half-time advantage.

The champions are top of the pile 10 points ahead of Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox strugglers who have failed to make an impact since the return to action, also losing 2-1 at Tynecastle and drawing 0-0 with Aberdeen in Glasgow.

Simunovic, who was celebrating his first strike of the season, told the club website: “Over the last few years, we’ve set high standards and we know we can only focus on ourselves,

“it’s very simple. We regrouped after the new year and the way we’re playing makes me look forward to the next game.

“We want to win every game. Every game is big for us. That’s how we prepare ourselves. Every game has three points available and we want to take them all.

“It was a good night for all of us and the other results were good, so we can be only happy. But we focus on ourselves and it was a good performance. We don’t pay any attention to other teams when we have a job to do. We are just focused on ourselves and in the end we did a good job and can be happy.

“We need to look at ourselves. We know what our job is and how we want to play. We’ve scored many goals and that’s Celtic. We want to score goals and are going about that the right way.”

The champions have, in fact, now claimed 127 goals – and that is six more than they collected last season. At this scoring rate, with 22 strikes in the past six league games, Simunovic and his colleagues will obliterate the total from the previous campaign.

Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday is next in their line of sights.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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