Johan Mjallby wants to end time as Celtic assistant by breaking 100 points
Johan Mjallby wants to end his time as Celtic assistant manager with a flourish by breaking the 100-point barrier.
Last Updated: 03/05/14 2:02pm
The Scottish Premiership champions have 92 points from 35 games but the Swede, who announced last week that he will end a 10-year association as player and coach at the end of the season, is determined to leave on a high.
Mjallby has helped secure three straight Scottish titles as Neil Lennon's assistant and he said: "I've had 10 years here as a player - six as a player and four in management. But sometimes you need another challenge.
"I'm really happy about my time here. I think we have put Celtic on the European map. I'm really proud of this group of players that they have succeeded in making the group phase two years running.
"Maybe the players are quite happy to see me going as well, as I have been moaning so much at them! But it's a great group of players and we have won the titles three years in a row so maybe it's time for the club and me to part ways.
"I feel I'm quite brave, leaving a massive, successful club to do something else. That is the only reason."
Celtic's first obstacle in their quest to break a century of league points for the first time is Aberdeen, who knocked the Hoops out of the Scottish Cup and also put paid to their hopes of going through the league season unbeaten.
Mjallby is anticipating another tough test from Derek McInnes' men but added: "It's not about settling the score.
"The cup game was a one-off game but they deserved to win that one and that was the disappointing fact for us as we never showed up for that game.
"At the time, we didn't know why as we were on such a great run so we were surprised why we couldn't play better.
"It's important we are relaxed and play the same way as against Inverness. But it will probably be a sterner test as Aberdeen will be confident playing us because of their two straight wins against us.
"It's important for us to show we are the best team in Scotland, leading the league by 27 points. So why not go out and show that against Aberdeen."