Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained to the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels the benefits of the club’s approach to dealing with player fitness are finally being seen, but he's spotted signs of fatigue.
Deila is a stickler for fitness and has made it one of his core themes at the club in his first season, which places greater pressure on staff at the Bhoys to monitor each player closely.
The worry is that they will quickly accumulate problems caused by fatigue, but Deila is confident the club are on top of the situation.
“That's very important, and we manage that well. We have not had a lot injuries since Christmas, and that is something I am pleased about,” he said.
“It looks now that some of the players are starting to feel it after we've played 57 games this season.”
Fortunately the end of the season is in sight for the club, which will mean many weeks of solid rest before things get underway all over again in July.
Celtic are looking good to add the league title to their League Cup from earlier this season and they should be one of the fittest teams in Scotland at the start of next year.
The club have a comfortable cushion at the top of the Premiership table and it’s important they protect any player starting to really feel the fatigue.
It would be a shame if anyone picked up a serious problem, which could have been avoided with a little bit of squad rotation to keep everyone as fresh and effective as possible.