Celtic keeper Fraser Forster says securing another Scottish Premiership title will make up for his side’s lack of success in cup competitions this season.
The Glasgow giants are 24 points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the table with just nine games left as they close in on their third successive championship.
Celtic, who host St Mirren on Saturday, are just seven points away from three-in-a-row and can wrap up the title at Partick Thistle on Wednesday if results go their way.
However, the Hoops have suffered disappointment in both domestic cup competitions this term as they were knocked out by Morton at the first hurdle in the League Cup before the Dons claimed their scalp in the Scottish Cup.
Neil Lennon’s side were also dumped out of Europe following a poor Champions League campaign that saw the Parkhead club finish bottom of their group with just one win.
But Forster says finishing the season with a solitary trophy will still be a success as it provides a place in the Champions League qualifiers.
“It has been a bit disappointing in the cups but I feel we have shown in the league how well we can play and how consistent we can be,” the England international said.
“The league is the competition where you play most games and fundamentally it gets you into the Champions League. You do work hard for it.”
Forster says the desire to wrap up the title quickly means there is no way the Celtic players will be taking their foot off the gas in the coming weeks.
“The next few weeks are vital for us. If we keep winning our matches then collectively it will all add up,” the English keeper said.
“I won a league before I came to Celtic and since coming here we’ve won a trophy every year.”
Elsewhere, second place Aberdeen take on Kilmarnock at Pittodrie, Inverness Caledonian Thistle will attempt to get over their League Cup final disappointment when they face Partick Thistle, Motherwell host Ross County at Fir Park and St Johnstone welcome Hibernian to McDiarmid Park.