BBC Sportscene presenter Stephen Thompson expects Celtic to be “too strong” for Rangers in the title race “regardless” of who they bring in to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
The ex-Gers and St Mirren striker believes the gap between the two Glasgow clubs is too big to bridge and he feels the Hoops will finish first for the second consecutive season:
“The confidence drained from the [Rangers] players with each passing defeat [in the Champions League], and that seeped into their domestic performances. There’s good players there, and there needs to be a collective effort now to raise levels and hunt Celtic down.
“I can’t see that happening, regardless of who comes in. I believe this season Celtic will be too strong with a nine-point gap, and that’s why these next two transfer windows are so crucial.”
Celtic are in a commanding position at the top of the table and, with their rivals in turmoil, it would be a massive disappointment if they didn’t hammer home their advantage after the World Cup.
Of course, Ange Postecoglou‘s side will have to guard against complacency. Even before the break earlier this month, there were games that the Hoops could have easily dropped points in.
The task will be to maintain their performance levels after Christmas and to make sure Rangers are not handed any chances to get back into title contention.