For most of us this season, 10-in-a-row is fixated in our minds; but not for Christopher Jullien.
Instead, the big Frenchman has his eyes on a quintet treble. Such is the mentality of the Celtic dressing room, absolutely everything is a must when it comes to winning trophies.
That mindset has certainly led the club and Jullien himself well. If Celtic can see off Aberdeen in October and then either Hearts/Hibernian in the delayed Scottish Cup before 2020 is out, the Hoops will win a historic quadruple treble.
However, Jullien has his eyes set on something bigger. Before the season is out, the big Frenchman isn’t dismissing talk of potentially winning all three domestic trophies for a fifth consecutive time. Speaking in comments published by the Scotsman, here’s what the former Toulouse stopper had to say:
“That would be the best and I’d welcome it (a fifth treble). Since I arrived here I’ve seen the mentality of every player and the club. We’re going to perform and try to win every game we can. We have the quality in the team to be good on the field.
“When I arrived I said it would be really difficult for me because I’m arriving into a team that had won everything. I had to show what I could bring to the club and the team.
“They helped me relax on the field and made me really comfortable. We had a great year and now I can’t wait to see how the new season goes.”
No arrogance in talk of a fifth treble
Some will say that it isn’t right to talk about a potential fifth treble. Whether that be down to the fact that the fourth treble hasn’t yet been won or because 10-in-a-row should be the main goal – some won’t want to entertain that kind of conversation.
But Celtic’s players have earned the right to discuss the prospect of it. After all, it’s hardly out of the question that the Hoops beat Aberdeen and Hearts/Hibs to win their fourth treble. In fact, they’re sure-fire favourites to do so.
Winning all three competitions once again for a FIFTH time is a different kettle of fish of course. A treble should never be expected by supporters. In truth, we’ve all been spoiled over the last four years with regards to the club’s success. However, that doesn’t mean that the players shouldn’t expect to keep winning every domestic tournament they enter.
There’s also extra motivation this year knowing that nobody else in Europe has ever managed to win a fifth consecutive treble. 10-in-a-rows have been won in other countries, but never a fifth treble. That shows just how big an achievement it would be.
However, because of the importance of the 10 domestically, it’s something that hasn’t been talked about at any great length.
So it’s great to see the likes of Jullien pushing the idea of it and being happy to openly discuss the possibility of it. Celtic will one day lose a cup match, we all know that, but history is there for the players to go and grab.