Andy Halliday has told the Evening Times that Celtic are favourites to win the Scottish Premiership title next season, despite some of the momentum swaying in Rangers’ direction.
Rangers finished nine points behind Celtic in the league last season, and failed to win any domestic cups under Steven Gerrard. They failed to even reach the final of either the Scottish Cup or the League Cup.
However, the Gers beat Celtic on two occasions at Ibrox as well as reaching the Europa League group stage. They finished in a comfortable second place, the first time they have done so since returning to the top flight.
Now, the Gers have already made six signings this summer, while Celtic are still yet to confirm their first. Rangers midfielder Halliday believes Celtic are favourites, but has stated their is a confidence at Ibrox already.
“Celtic are still favourites for the title. They won the league again last year and had a bit of a cushion,” Halliday said. “But I can only speak from a Rangers player’s point of view. It’s the most confident I’ve been going into a season.
“We improved last year and with the signings we’ve made so far, we’re already improving the squad. You have to give Neil credit because he came in and got them over the line. The two targets he had since taking over, he achieved it.”
TBR’s view – Celtic need investment to match Halliday claims
Celtic are closing in on their first summer signing in the form of Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull, who shone last season at Fir Park. But Celtic need a revamp, though Turnbull is a good start.
The Hoops may have to sign a whole new defence. Mikael Lustig, Filip Benkovic and Dedryck Boyata have all left, while Kieran Tierney remains at the centre of intense links with Arsenal.
Other positions are needed but Lennon needs to get a move on and bring in some top-quality defenders if they are to match Halliday’s claim and continue to remain dominant in Scotland.