Ex-Celtic player Charlie Nicholas believes his former club will be Rangers’ main rivals for the Scottish Premiership title this season.
After the Hoops’ struggles earlier in the campaign, there was even talk that the likes of Hearts could put up a better fight in the title race.
However, Two league wins in a row away from home have made Nicholas a lot more optimistic, and he thinks the team could be strengthened further in the coming weeks by the return of one or two injured players:
“Celtic look a lot more promising and they look like they will be Rangers’ main challengers again. They have won two away games at Aberdeen and Motherwell. I wouldn’t say they have built up real momentum but it has been a start.”
“Ange Postecoglou now looks to be getting a bit of strength on his bench and the signs are more encouraging. Christopher Jullien is also close to coming back, although I think it will take him a good few games to get up to speed. Things are a lot more positive.”
It’s probably best not to get too carried away with recent results. Under the management of Ange Postecoglou, Celtic have been rather erratic in their performances and a sustainable run over a long period will be needed to prove they can be genuine title contenders.
As Nicholas points out, though, Christopher Jullien’s return to the fold, as well as a few others, will provide Postecoglou with more options that should allow for greater consistency in results.