Beram Kayal has hailed manager Neil Lennon for making his Celtic signings soon feel at home.
Kayal, a summer signing from Maccabi Haifa, is one of 13 players brought in by Lennon since he took charge on a permanent basis last summer.
Kayal was sidelined at the start of the season after a groin operation but has bounced back to play his part in Celtic's fine recent run, with the 22-year-old midfielder named the SPL's player of the month for January.
Fellow summer signing Gary Hooper scored twice in Sunday's Old Firm win over Rangers, taking his league tally to 13 goals in 16 games, while Kris Commons has also made an immediate impact at Parkhead, sealing Sunday's 3-0 win to make it three in five since his move from Derby.
Rangers have two games in hand but Celtic are now eight points clear and Kayal credits Lennon with fostering a great team ethic amongst the league leaders.
"He makes us all feel special, and we all try 100 per cent for him," he said.
"At the beginning of the season the majority were new players. A great credit must go to the manager for putting us all together and making us feel we have been playing together for years.
"Every day, every game, everyone here wants to play better, and we try every game to continue this month because last month everyone played very well."
Kayal is suspended for Sunday's visit to Motherwell and despite Celtic's emphatic win over their title rivals, he insists they are not getting carried away.
"We're not favourites," said the Israel international. "All the focus for everyone here is to try to play better in every game.
"I am very happy because we won but the next game on Sunday is not against Rangers."