Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic has stated that the players are now finally talking about the treble treble.
It’s one of the real cliches of football that clubs don’t talk about potential success. Especially when it’s not there to be won in that club’s next match.
Brendan Rodgers was always dismissive of talk regarding trebles in the past. This is, you imagine, simply down to not wanting to be made to look foolish.
Neil Lennon has always been a bit more open about a potential treble treble success this season. And defender Simunovic has even admitted that it’s now finally being discussed amongst the playing staff. Speaking in the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 38, Page 15) Simunovic opened up on the players’ mindset.
“We are now in the final which is amazing. But now our attention is on the league. We need to finish in the right way and finish strong. We want to take maximum points possible and then take the treble treble.
“A treble treble is not something we had talked about in the changing room because we only think about the next game which we are preparing for. We are in a situation where we need to think about it now.
“It’s a bit unusual that we’ll be playing Hearts back-to-back in the last two games. But every game is a new game and a new situation. If we can achieve what we set out to do, then it will be a very special achievement for everyone involved with the club.”
The final stretch of a sensational journey
Personally, I’ve never been one to agree that players don’t talk about achievements before they’re won. The treble treble was likely being discussed by at least some players the moment the season began.
The truth is it would be such a unique and historical achievement. It would be the first ever in Celtic’s history and a first ever for Scottish football. It’s no wonder Simunovic has admitted that the players are finally openly discussing it.
But even then, complacency can’t become an issue over the next several weeks. The worst situation possible at this point would be going into the Hearts clash struggling for form. The Hoops need to end the season as strongly as possible, even if extreme squad rotation could come into effect.
Hearts will certainly be putting plenty of energy into the final stages of the season too. They have European spots to fight for, and Scottish Cup final places to be won in the starting XI.
It’s vital our players go into that one brimming with confidence. If they do, the treble treble will be all but Celtic’s.