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Griffiths: We welcome the chase

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It is one of the wonderful statements that makes every Ibrox fan glow with pride and indulge in their own supremacy.

‘We welcome the chase’ stated Bill Struth or Mr Struth to give him proper reverence.

For decades supporters across the city hung on to that phrase as the football world evolved into European competition with many of the old traditions of the Scottish game left in the past.

Jock Stein dismantled most of the old ways, introduced European football to Scotland with his achievements still dominating the game.

The old club from Ibrox paid a horrendous price trying to match Stein’s European Cup success while their nine-in-a-row achievement was based on an overdraft from Bank of Scotland that Dave Murray was never going to repay. The consequences for Murray and the bank were dire.

Leigh Griffiths doesn’t bother much for history lessons, he lives in the here and now but with 100 Celtic goals and five title medals he has helped drive Celtic into a position of domestic dominance.

We have always welcomed the chase regardless of who it is,” the striker told The Sun surveying the domestic scene. “There is a long way to go in the season to be number one.

Everybody will want to beat us to make sure they try and get it. It is the most competitive league.

Going to places like Kilmarnock, it is no longer a formality but it doesn’t matter about any other teams playing well.

It is all about us and what we do. The gaffer instilled that the first day that he came in — we want to be better every single game.”

After tomorrow’s Europa League clash with RB Salzburg Celtic still have five domestic matches to get through including trips to three of last season’s top six.

Full points from those matches will put the hoops in the driving seat for eight-in-a-row when they return from their winter break in Dubai.

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