By Tom Blackburn
Scottish journalists have largely backed Celtic to win their six consecutive Scottish Premiership title despite Rangers’ recent promotion.
Rangers secured their return to the Premiership last season after winning the Championship and are desperate to challenge straight away for the title.
In a group interview with the Scottish Daily Record, a group of experienced journalists predicted who they thought would be champions come next May and the majority believe experience will be crucial.
“Celtic. Biggest budget. Brendan Rodgers and his bhoys will hold off a challenge from Rangers to make it six-in-a-row,” claimed BBC Radio 5Live reporter Colin Paterson.
“The Hoops. I can’t see Rangers getting close enough to stop six-in-a-row,” said Wishaw Press sports reporter Michael Temlett.
“Celtic. While I like the look of this Rangers side, the experience Brendan Rodgers has available to him still gives Celtic the edge,” agreed Daily Record reporter Rob Fairnie.
However not everyone backed a continued Celtic reign, and believe Rangers have invested better.
“Rangers have improved dramatically since last season while Celtic haven’t so the trophy will be heading to Ibrox,” said West Lothian Courier reported Eddie Harbinson.
The Bhoys are aiming for a sixth title in a row, but several Rangers players have already made their intentions clear for the upcoming campaign.
Both sides have improved their squads this summer after Rangers ended their four-year absence from the top-flight when they won the Scottish Championship last year.
Rangers have heavily bolstered their squad this summer by signing former Premier League stars Joey Barton, Clint Hill and Nico Krancjar.
Meanwhile, Celtic have landed the marquee signing of Moussa Dembele who had attracted attention from the Premier League.
Previously, new Rangers signing Nico Kranjcar said he sees the Old Firm duo being the top two contenders next season, but warned fans not to place too much significance on the inevitably feisty derbies to come.
“I expect Rangers and Celtic to be the top two in the league. But the Old Firm games won’t decide the title – dropping points in games you’re expected to win could be more important,” said Kranjcar, as quoted by the Daily Record.
In other Celtic news, their senior player could be heading for the exit door.