Well stay grounded says Celtics Rogne

Last updated : 14 January 2012 By AFP

The Hoops have a two-point lead at the top of the table after trailing Rangers by 15 points at one stage.

After winning their past 10 league matches in a row, Neil Lennon's side last weekend progressed to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup to keep their dreams of a treble winning season alive.

However, Norwegian defender Rogne says his teammates are not looking too far ahead and are fully focused on just continuing their winning momentum.

"It is not about maintaining the lead, it's about getting the three points," he said.

"It is still January, there is a long way to go and we are not thinking about the league or the title, it's just the next game and three points.

"We always believed that we could turn it around. It might have happened quicker than we thought.

"In mid-November we were 15 points behind or something like that but obviously results have gone our way.

"But things change quickly in football. So we need to be alert and take it game by game."

The Hoops have been dealt a blow with the news that Israeli midfielder Beram Kayal has been ruled out for the rest of the season but Swedish defender Mikael Lustig is available after arriving at the club this week.

Rivals Rangers will have the chance to go top again and heap the pressure on the Hoops if they can win away to St Johnstone in the early kick-off.

One player desperate to be involved is striker David Healy. The Northern Ireland international has been a bit-part player since joining Rangers last year but an injury crisis at the Ibrox club has seen Healy start and score in the past two games.

And Healy is glad to at last be making a contribution at the Old Firm club.

"It's nice to be a part of it. I always knew I wasn't going to be a first-choice striker but I've wanted to make a contribution," the striker said.

"I've been here for 12 months and I've waited for my chance so to come in and make a little bit of an impact has been nice.

"I said last year I wanted to score goals that make a difference and it has been good to get us off the mark in our last two games.

"Strikers take confidence from scoring goals and playing well and it's hard when you're only getting five or 10 minutes here and there for you to build momentum.

"I feel as though I'm moving in the right direction though and I'm determined to prove I can keep doing a job for this club."

Manager Ally McCoist will be without Kyle Lafferty and Steven Whittaker through injury for the match.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Hearts, who have gone five games without defeat, could claim third spot with a win over St Mirren.

Bottom club Dunfermline host second bottom Hibernian in a relegation dogfight at East End Park.

Third-placed Motherwell will be without Stephen Hughes, who left the club this week, for the visit of Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Fixtures (1500 unless otherwise stated)


St Johnstone v Rangers (1230), Aberdeen v Kilmarnock, Celtic v Dundee United, Dunfermline v Hibernian, Hearts v St Mirren, Motherwell v Inverness CT

Source: AFP

Source: AFP