MJALL TO PLAY FOR

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By AN­GUS REID

JO­HAN MJALLBY wants to re­ally rub salt into the wounds of cri­sis club Rangers – by win­ning the SPL ti­tle by as many points as pos­si­ble.

The Celtic as­sis­tant-man­ager in­sists that fin­ish­ing miles ahead of their bit­ter Glas­gow ri­vals will make lift­ing the sil­ver­ware ex­tra spe­cial.

Es­pe­cially af­ter the Hoops have had to watch the Light Blues cel­e­brate suc­cess for the last three sea­sons.

Man­ager Neil Len­non has said in the past that he would set­tle for tak­ing the ti­tle on goal dif­fer­ence. But Mjallby is hav­ing none of it.

The for­mer Park­head de­fender said: “It’s quite im­por­tant for us to win by a mar­gin more than 10 points.

Achieve

“And right now we also have a tar­get – to pick up 15 points out of the last 18 and fin­ish on 93 points, be­cause that way no-one could ac­cuse us of not im­prov­ing the team.”

Celtic fans re­mem­ber last sea­son’s ca­pit­u­la­tion, where a poor end to the sea­son saw Gers pinch the ti­tle de­spite the Hoops fin­ish­ing on 92 points. So bet­ter­ing that has be­come a key aim. Mjallby added: “It would be great if we could achieve that to­tal and it would be a great sea­son af­ter that.

“Ob­vi­ously, we did not re­ally get all we wanted in Europe.

“But I still think it was a good cam­paign for us and it was good men­tally for the guys to get a break with a dif­fer­ent type of foot­ball.

“I think we picked up con­fi­dence from that.

“Sure, you can say we lost the League Cup, but the league has al­ways been the main tar­get.”

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