Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained the mentality he wants to create at the club, as reported by the Glasgow Evening Times.
Deila is optimistic heading into the Scottish Cup replay against Dundee United, which is an important game in terms of his club’s treble chances this season.
He’s explained exactly why he wants teams to approach games wary of what’s coming and confused over how to handle it.
“I'm not into surprising opponents. Rather, I want them to fear us for what we have,” said the boss.
“They know what's coming, but don't know how to handle it. That’s the goal in the future.”
Celtic are the biggest club in Scotland and one of the biggest teams across Europe and their successful record over the last few seasons means they do carry a fear factor.
It’s a slightly arrogant statement from the Norwegian but one, which does have some logic behind it.
If sides are truly terrified of the prospect of playing Celtic, they will start games being a little wary and on the back foot.
That allows the Bhoys a good chance to get their teeth stuck into big games, to press and t take full advantage of any mistakes or space which appears as a result.
With each game that passes and each win Celtic accumulate, the side become even more of a target because of that fear factor and their magnitude in relation to other clubs in Scotland.
Some sides won’t fear Celtic and will go all out to beat the Bhoys, but that represents the chance for Celtic to play at an even higher level and to refine even further.