John Collins: This could make Celtic come unstuck at vital time

The Celtic great has been looking ahead following their Scottish League Cup victory.

Celtic’s assistant manager John Collins has been speaking to the press, in comments published by the club’s official Twitter account, following his side’s Scottish League Cup victory against Dundee United.

Such is the Bhoys’ campaign that they will quickly shift their attention from Sunday’s celebrations to Wednesday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final replay against the same opposition.

With the first part of a potential treble safely in the bag, Celtic must now focus on another cup along with seeing out a league campaign that should – barring a late catastrophe – end in more success.

But the Celtic great does not want Ronny Deila’s side looking too far ahead; in fact he thinks doing so could be their downfall, and he has been in the game long enough to know.

A potential treble may be on a lot of people’s lips, with Celtic’s campaign now at a vital stage, but Collins is fully focused on the next fixture and nothing else.

“In football, it’s about the next game,” he said. “When you start thinking about two or three games down the line is when you come unstuck.”

They are wise words, and while it would be easy for Celtic’s players to get ahead of themselves, the simple fact is focus is the order of the day.

Another win against United on Wednesday and Celtic will be that much closer to a potential cup double, but thinking of another final when it is still two rounds away could be their undoing.

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