ANGE POSTECOGLOU is clearly a great believer in the old American adage: If it ain’t broke, don’t mend it.
The Celtic boss sees absolutely no reason to change the winning formula that has the champions sitting at the Premiership pinnacle with a 12-point advantage with seven games to play.
Postecoglou will continue the countdown to the crown when he takes his players to Rugby Park on Sunday for the midday kick-off against a Kilmarnock team fighting for survival in the top flight.
Three wins in the run-in will make certain the title will be won for a second successive campaign.
There is no chance of the 57-year-old Greek-Australian gaffer experimenting en route to the championship while there is also a Scottish Cup semi-final against Michael Beale’s outfit at Hampden on Sunday April 30 to take into consideration.
Asked if the Hoops received a boost following the derby triumph, Postecoglou answered: “I don’t think it’s about getting a bounce because I don’t think we needed one.
“We’ve been going well for quite a while, so from our perspective it’s just continued focus on whatever the challenge may be every week.
“It was really positive for us last week in a really important game against our main rivals and closest to us in the table, so we were able to get the job done.
“The players have shown great character through this whole season to overcome whatever challenge there is and now the focus is on the next game. We know that’s going to be another good challenge for us.”
Postecoglou, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “Looking beyond the Kilmarnock game has no purpose for whatever reason, whether that’s because we can see the finish line close or because there’s another competition.
“It all becomes irrelevant because we know if we’re not totally focused this weekend, we won’t be able to get the job done and that’s been the key to our success so far and why we’ve been consistent for so long.
“Everyone has embraced the fact that our greatest challenge is the one that’s next and that’s Sunday.”