Celtic captain Scott Brown has made no attempt to hide the expectation to win trophies at the club, but pointed out what people need to remember when he spoke to the Glasgow Evening Times.
The Bhoys are the biggest club in Scotland and Brown has readily admitted that the squad feel an expectation to win the league and compete for other pieces of silverware every season.
As far as this campaign is concerned, the team have done everything asked of them with a domestic double and they also came very close to securing a treble in Ronny Deila’s first season.
“We are always expected to win the title, but you have to go out and do it. You have to earn the right to play football and earn the right to win,” he said.
“At the start of the season it was difficult. We didn't hit the ground running as a team, there was a new manager, there were new ideas to get used to and it was a tough time.”
“People tend to forget that although we are expected to win, we also play far more games than other teams. We are often playing midweek games in Europe and then going back to the league at the weekend, and you do need to be able to cope with that.”
Celtic cope with the weight of expectation because they have players like Brown in their squad, who are very experienced players.
Those individuals help new signings coming in, as well as younger stars, to cope with that expectation by taking the fear away from them, which allows them to play positive football where they can express themselves.
Celtic cope with the high turnover of games because they have a very big squad, packed with quality and credit for that goes to the manager and the board for backing him.
Players will come and go over the summer, but Celtic will get themselves into a very good position to maintain their success regardless.