LEIGH GRIFFITHS has warned St Johnstone that Celtic won’t take their foot off the gas on Wednesday night.
The SPFL champions struggled against Aberdeen before turning the tables after the turnaround and romping to a runaway 4-0 success.
And Griffiths, who is one goal away from going into double figures for the season, wants to stage an action replay of the second-half performance against the Saints in the rearranged league game at Parkhead.
He said: “As far as I’m concerned, there is still a long way to go in the title race.
“We are six points ahead and, hopefully, we can stretch that to nine after the midweek match.
“One thing is certain and that is the manager, Ronny Deila, won’t let us slip and we know we need to keep the momentum going.
“We want performances like our second-half display against the Dons week in, week out.
“It doesn’t stop with the win over our nearest challengers.”
Griffiths admitted some points were made in the dressing room by Hoops boss Deila although there was no Sir Alex Ferguson-like hairdryer treatment.
He said: “No, there was nothing like that. The opening half was scrappy and Aberdeen dominated the game at that stage.
“But the gaffer came in at half-time and had a word with us. Basically, he told us to get the tempo up because, as I said, the Dons had controlled it and that’s not like us.
“At Parkhead, especially, we want to dominate the whole game. However, we came out with all guns blazing and showed our class in the end.”
Griffiths rolled in the second from the penalty spot and will be happy to take the responsibility whenever Celtic get another spot-kick.
He added: “I had no nerves taking the penalty. I’ve taken them all my life and scored them, so I was confident of tucking it away.
“Actually, I was talking to their goalie after the game and he asked why I changed my mind because normally I go the other way.
“But I try to chop and change and keep them guessing.”
Griffiths added: “Of course, I was gutted to miss the Europa League tie against Inter Milan in the San Siro on Thursday night.
“I was a freak accident in training, but, thankfully, my ankle held out okay against the Dons.”
The former Hibs frontman was substituted on Sunday with John Guidetti coming on, but looks likely he will lead the attack against the Perth men.
Deila will assess his options before naming his team as the Parkhead men look to move even closer to their fourth consecutive title success.