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Defender Kelvin Wilson denies a sense of complacency has enveloped Celtic's Scottish Premier League campaign.
Sunday's 1-1 draw with St Johnstone at Parkhead left the champions with two points from the last nine and two behind Hibernian at the top of the table.
Celtic players and fans seemed drained following their historic 2-1 Champions League home win over Barcelona last Wednesday night and even when 18-year-old substitute Tony Watt, on at the break for Miku, put the home side ahead in the 51st minute, there was no end to what manager Neil Lennon described as "lethargy" among his charges.
Saints eventually levelled through Nigel Hasselbaink and the home fans demonstrated only minimum disgruntlement when the final whistle sounded.
It was further evidence that in the absence of Rangers from this season's title race, subconsciously at least, the Parkhead club believe its SPL title is not under serious threat.
However, Wilson said: "Of course there's a challenge from other teams.
"We didn't think we were going to walk away with the league.
"It's disappointing not to be at the top of the league. It's tight up there but we're confident we can do a job and get there in the end.
"I don't know if it's good for the competition that we're struggling.
"If you say yes then it's probably disrespecting the other teams and the league. I'm not sure it's the case.
"Obviously (the Champions League) is a massive factor. Everyone talks about Rangers not being in the league but whether they were here or not, we want to be in the Champions League.
"We'll take the league as seriously as the Champions League, there's no doubt about that."
Lennon was also more relaxed and understanding than he might have been last season had his side failed to win three straight league games.
The Hoops boss insisted his side would come good in the SPL after the New Year, when their hectic schedule lessened, but Wilson is not looking for excuses.
The Celtic stopper said: "With the amount of games we've had it's tiring but we need to get on with it.
"We've got players who are good enough to come in and do a job so there's no point feeling sorry for ourselves. We can't use it as an excuse.
"It's not a case of raising ourselves. This is our job and we've just got to do it.
"There shouldn't be any excuses, we should be able to deal with these sorts of games."