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Mjallby: Celtic not feeling nerves
Published : 06 Apr 2011 23:00:06
Johan Mjallby claimed it is far too soon for title race nerves after Celtic reclaimed top spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 3-1 win over Hibernian.
Old Firm rivals Rangers had applied some pressure when they moved into pole position for the first time since Boxing Day 24 hours earlier but the Hoops responded with an emphatic performance at Parkhead. The battle for the championship now looks set to go right to the wire and Mjallby was quizzed on whether mentality is now more important than ability in the remaining games.
"I think it's a bit of both," said the assistant boss. "The ability is always going to be important because of the way we play the game and the way we hope to make sure we pick up the three points."
He added: "Mentality-wise, I think there are too many games to go before you can start to think about getting nervous about things.
"Especially now, with so many games coming up, it's just important for us to get as many wins as possible.
"When it comes to the latter stage of the season, it might come in handy if you are very strong mentally then."
Hibs boss Colin Calderwood opted to focus on the positives and was relieved his players at least did not suffer a repeat of the 9-0 thrashing handed out to Aberdeen by Celtic.
He said: "You can be fearful of what happened to Aberdeen earlier in the season.
"It could happen to a lot of clubs here but it didn't happen to us and credit to the players for that. In terms of personal development, it will be good for us - but only if we come back better."
Calderwood confirmed it may be Friday before Hibs know the full extent of a thigh injury suffered by Derek Riordan, who was withdrawn early in the second half.