He's not making one of those bold predictions that end up coming back to haunt so many players, but Christopher Jullien is a positive frame of mind about his side's upcoming European adventures.
The towering French defender arrived at Celtic from Toulouse for a cool £7m in the summer and has been impressed with the mentality that manager Neil Lennon has instilled in his team.
The Hoops are gearing up for the group stages of the Europa League, where they will take on Rennes, Lazio and Champions League adversaries Cluj and while the 26-year-old is in no doubt that not one of them will be a walkover, he's convinced that they have enough to progress.
For him, it's all part of that winning attitude that the manager has already ingrained in every player and he can't help but let it rub off on him.
Asked if Celtic can go on a proper run in the tournament, Jullien was in no doubt about it at all.
He said: “Yes, I believe we can, absolutely.
“Since I arrived here I have seen that all the players constantly have trophies on their minds. They want to win at everything, even in training. I think this is important for our team.
“That gives us hope and we will see what happens. We will take it all game by game and see what it is, but if you were to go into the locker room right now and ask each of them what their goal was they would tell you it is to bring that trophy home. And I’m just following them!
“I think the same way as them. Everything I do is geared to winning and I hope we can go on and do something really special in this competition.
“We don’t know what will happen. It’s game by game and we’ll see. In our heads we think of trophies. This is the way we should think.”
Celtic's opening game is against French cracks Rennes, who are currently nestled in second place after the mighty Paris Saint Germain, with Lazio and Cluj to follow.
Jullien said: “We have to be ready for that game because it will give the tone for our European way.
“When you see the draw, every group has good teams, so it’s going to be tough and a really big challenge for us.
“I don’t know so much about Lazio. I know Serie A is tough and defensively they will be tough. They are really good there and it’s a strength. We will see. We have three teams and each one has their own strengths.”
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