SINCE the winter break, Celtic have played 10 fixtures, winning them all until the draw in Copenhagen on Thursday night.

That relentless churn of fixtures continues this afternoon as attention turns back to the Premiership with Kilmarnock’s visit to Celtic Park, but Christopher Jullien says there will be no let up from the champions as they look to maintain their recent flawless domestic form.

Winning, of course, offsets the effects of tired legs and minds, and the defender says that having so many games in such short order is simply a price of their success.

“It is what it is,” Jullien said. “We want to be involved in every competition and this is the price you have to pay. We are a big club and have to play a lot.

“We have already won a trophy this season and we want more. We need to be focused and take it game by game.

“It is just a champions’ mentality. I came to Celtic to have that mentality behind my back and to have team-mates who remind me every day that we are here to win everything.

“I’m really happy to learn that this season and to be with colleagues who have that attitude is really enjoyable.”

Scott Brown a doubt for the Killie game with a calf strain suffered in Denmark during the week, but Jullien isn’t worried that the potential absence of their captain might lead to a leadership vacuum within the Celtic side.

Neither is his manager, Neil Lennon, who has been impressed by the example Jullien himself has been setting for his teammates of late.

“I’m trying to be a leader,” he said. “I have the support of others in the team who are definitely leaders, like Scott and Callum (McGregor). They make it easier for me.

“I just try to be as strong as I can and speak to my team-mates all the time.”