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Naylor: Confident

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Celtic defender Lee Naylor is confident they have the mental strength to beat Rangers in the SPL title race.

Gordon Strachan's men are aiming for their fourth straight title and they currently hold a three-point lead over their Old Firm rivals.

Celtic can stretch their advantage to six points with victory over Hamilton on Saturday, with Rangers not playing until Sunday, and Naylor believes he and his team-mates can handle the pressure of challenging for the championship in the crucial final weeks of the season.

"Without a shadow of a doubt, you would disappear into a shell if you couldn't cope with the expectation or level of pressure at this club," Naylor told Celtic View.

"Especially when you get a few bad results and when that happens, it's a case of, 'What happens now?' Do you go hide from it? Do you retreat?

"I don't think anyone here over the past three or four years has done that and I think that's credit to the gaffer, that he has selected players who are big characters, players who are able to pull people through matches on difficult days.

"That's something a manager has to consider when he's signing players for a club like Celtic: can they cope with the pressure?"

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Naylor added: "It's now a case of finishing the job off. Now we are coming to the end of the season, it's important we keep our minds on what we have to do.

"The manager will select his team accordingly, but no matter who plays, we are winners.

"We don't like to lose, we put everything into our games and I have no doubt that we will be raring to go in the last nine games of the season.

"Everywhere you go in Scotland, you have to battle.

"Especially when you are a defender and you have to cope with everything that comes into the box and also handle people running at you outside the box.

"You have to win every game at this club."