Confidence Is High
There is no guarantee any squad will stay the same from one season to the next.
Stand in captain, Joe Ledley is hoping Neil Lennon will be able to hang onto the players that secured Celtic's second SPL title for at least another season. Ledley was on the scoresheet in the 4-1 win over Inverness at Parkhead on Sunday which ensured the title party could start. With a Scottish cup-final still to come, speculation over which players have attracted enough interest to encourage bids from clubs will continue, with Gary Hooper and midfielder Victor Wanyama favourites to go. However, Ledley is keen to stay and hopes disruption to Lennon's plans for next season, which will include trying to build on their run to the last 16 of the Champions League, is kept to a minimum.Ledley said: "There will always be ins and outs at every club. We have a fantastic team and I'll be very surprised if everyone stays. Everyone has watched in the Champions League and SPL and there's going to be a lot of interest in the majority of the players. But if we can keep it together, we have a fantastic future and Celtic will go forward and hopefully qualify for the Champions League again. There's nothing new with my own situation at the moment but I'll sit down near the beginning of next season and try to sort something out. Myself, Gary and Kelvin (Wilson) all have a lot of time left on our contracts. But I love it here at Celtic and obviously want to stay. I think most of the players do want to stay but you just never know in football. Anything can happen."This is the second SPL title medal that Ledley has added to his collection and is hoping that next month's Scottish Cup final will result in him picking up another prize. He could not be happier with the expectations that are in-built at the Parkhead club. He said: "The pressure to win is the best there is. It's no good going to a club that's mid-table or fighting relegation and thinking 'let's go here and get a point or hang on'. At Celtic, wherever you go, whether it's in the league or the Champions League, you are always under pressure to win. That's what you want as a footballer - to win things. It's fantastic to come here and have that pressure and I think we've dealt with it fantastically well this season especially in the Champions League. Hopefully we can just continue that until the end of the season."Meanwhile, Inverness manager Terry Butcher praised Celtic for keeping their focus without the traditional challenge of Rangers for the title. He said: "It is difficult for Celtic because they have not had Rangers with them. When I was at Rangers I couldn't have contemplated not having Celtic there pushing you. But Celtic have got there and got a cup final to look forward to."
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