Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has denied that his side are not putting in as much effort this season as they have in the previous two campaigns that saw Brendan Rodgers side win the double treble.
After losing to Kilmarnock and early League leaders Hearts during their opening seven games the Hoops find themselves in an unfamiliar fifth position in the SPL table.
However, Scotland international Tierney has insisted that he and his teammates know that have not been at their best at times so far season, but the 21-year-old reckons getting some poor performances out of the way early on during the league campaign could be a good thing in the long term.
“There has been no drop-off in effort or trying,” Tiernay told BBC Scotland Sport.
“We know a few performances have been below our normal standards.
“But, when your standards are that high, there are going to be games like that and, for us, it’s come early on.”
“We’ll be looking to get that out the road and it’ll hopefully never happen again.
“The last two seasons were incredible.
“I played a lot of games. We did well as a team, got great results. To say this early on ‘I’ve not done as well or have done as well’, it’s still really early to compare to the last couple of seasons.
“If I get anywhere near the heights we’ve hit in the last couple of seasons, it’ll be good.”