Gary Mackay-Steven has admitted that he does not focus on the opposition when preparing for games.
Mackay-Steven has been impressive for the Bhoys since his January transfer from Dundee United, and he has told the Celtic View how he prepares for games.
The Scottish winger said: “You can go into games and focus too much on the opponents in terms of where they are in the league or how well they’re doing, or not doing, and I think the best thing to do is just focus on yourself.
“If you do that and focus on doing the right things off the park in the build up to games then you give yourself the best chance. There are no benefits to focusing on what another team is or isn’t doing so we just have to focus on ourselves.”
The 24-year-old has enjoyed an impressive start to his Celtic Park career, registering three goals and one assist in his first seven appearances.
Being cup tied for the League Cup and Scottish Cup has limited his impact, and offered Mackay-Steven a wealth of time away from match action, but he has clearly been using this time to good effect.
Clearly his own preparation plans work well for him, and it would be no surprise to see Mackay-Steven continue at his impressive rate.
Celtic may need to him continue at that level for the final weeks of the league run-in, with Aberdeen looking to close the gap at the top of the table. The winger’s preference to focus upon himself rather than the opposition could be the difference-maker for the Bhoys, as he is less likely to feel the pressure of the late season push, with the focus all on personal improvement.