Scott Brown is happy to natter about nine but he insists any talk of 10 is off the table at Parkhead.
Nor is he too keen on an extended chat about how, at the age of 35, he remains – with Callum McGregor – the go-to man for Neil Lennon in every game Celtic have played this season.
Rotation might be the name of the game with a midfield packed with talent – and David Turnbull’s arrival from Fir Park has bolstered an already busy department that Brown reckons is as good as it’s ever been in his 13 years at the club.
But not, so far, when it comes to the man with the armband – and that’s just the way he likes it.
He said: “Having strength in depth is a positive and the manager has signed very well this summer.
“He will want everyone to have a little challenge in every position but if you look at the midfield, it’s probably as strong as it has been in my time at the club. There is so much competition for places now.
“That’s what the squad is good for. The manager can rotate it, give people rests now and then, but it’s up to him based on what he thinks is the best team for that particular moment in time.
“Myself and the gaffer speak about everything, and he will ask how I feel.
“I feel good just now and I will keep maintaining my fitness, and try not to get injured.
“I’ll get another rest during the international break and that’s always good.
“But let’s get off of me and talk about the team.”
And about Nine In A Row.
The Celtic captain enjoys a jaunt down memory lane for a chat about the latest book out celebrating the club equalling the record number of titles bagged in a row.
But Brown is refusing to even discuss the tantalising prospect of setting a new benchmark in Scottish football which, in all fairness, is not a new stance from the skipper.
The midfield enforcer tends not to look beyond the next tackle, never mind towards the next trophy.
It’s a policy that’s served him well over the years as he keeps collecting medals and carving new statistics on his way to becoming one of the most decorated players in the Parkhead club’s history.
And there was another insight in to the veteran’s mindset when asked about the chance of achieving immortality in green and white.
Brown said: “We talk about Nine In A Row – because we’ve done that.
“We talk about Livingston, because that was last weekend, but do we talk about 10? No.
“For it’s doing the same as we’ve always done. You don’t want to get too far ahead of yourselves or carried away.
“If you start looking at games and thinking, we’ve got a cup semi or final here, a big game there, it’s an easy Treble.
“There’s no such thing as an easy Treble. Things never go to plan.
“It’s about taking each game individually and that’s what makes these lads so strong.”
Brown has learned a lot over the past decade, learning that big promises generally lead to unnecessary, pressure.
He said: “The biggest factor in our success has been the winning mentality and never say die attitude.
“It’s not always been plain sailing. You are going to get hard games and tough periods.
“There will be defeats here and there but it’s about how you bounce back in the next game.
“You can’t worry too much about one result. You need to focus on the whole season.”
Brown and James Forrest are the only survivors in the squad from the first title on the 10-in-a-row charge but the mentality remains the same even though the faces may change.
He believes the side is taking shape, with new boys such as Shane Duffy and Albian Ajeti hitting the ground running.
Brown said: “We are getting goals from all different areas right now. Duffers has come in and been fantastic. He’s scored twice too, so we are getting goals from the defence.
“Jullien and Ajer are getting them too, so that’s a variety of players getting the goals.
“It’s great for us because you just can’t rely on one person.”
Ajeti has blasted four goals in five games for Celts since making a loan switch from West Ham.
The Swiss striker has slotted right in and Brown reckons there’s more to come from the 23-year-old former Basel man.
He said: “Albian is a great finisher and he’s really composed in front of goal.
“He is still getting up to the fitness levels at the club and he has had a long time off without playing matches.
“Having so many games is going to take its toll but it will also benefit him in the long run.”
There is a sense Celtic have not quite found their groove yet though. They’ve had to come from behind to beat St Mirren and Livingston in recent weeks and the Champions League exit still stings.
They head to Latvia to face Riga in the Europa League on Thursday looking for a more comfortable result and dominant display.
But Brown insisted the Hoops know what it takes to go the distance – even if they are not 10 out of 10 every week.
He said: “Everyone has to understand that you won’t always be at your 100 per cent best.
“There are times when the level will slip. The team changes, some people might get rested, but it’s just about winning the games at the end of the day.
“Sometimes you just have to grind out the wins and get the results, especially away from home.
“There are times when you are under the cosh a bit but that’s when you need to be focused and well drilled in your formation.
“You need to be at it defensively and in attack but that’s what the manager thinks of us.