By Matt Farr
Neil Lennon has suggested it could take Rangers ‘considerable time’ before they can overhaul Celtic from their current perch.
Lennon’s former club have opened up an incredible 39-point lead over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table ahead of the final game of the season, and remain unbeaten in all domestic competitions.
Celtic have defeated their Old Firm rivals in five of their six meetings this season, including a thumping 5-1 victory at Ibrox last month.
Brendan Rodgers’s side sit just 90 minutes away from winning a domestic treble, when they take on Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final at the end of the month.
But Lennon does not expect Celtic’s dominance to cede in the coming years, despite Rangers making abundantly clear their case to become more competitive next term.
He told TalkSport: “Rangers are in their first year back after their troubles and they will get stronger as the seasons go on, but I can’t see them catching Celtic for a considerable time.
“Celtic are so far ahead of the rest – off the pitch as well as on the pitch. What they have done this year is tremendous, absolutely tremendous.”
He has though, backed Rangers to make improvements, even if it takes ‘considerable time’ to reach the same level as Celtic.
But Rangers and manager Pedro Caixinha must first look to put up a better fight against rivals Aberdeen, who moved nine points clear in second-place with a 2-1 win at Ibrox on Wednesday.
The Portuguese was brought in to make amends for a poor season under his predecessor Mark Warburton, and will begin his overhaul of the first-team squad in the summer.
His choices in the transfer market will go a long way to determining how long it could take Rangers to rejoin their rivals among the Scottish football elite.
In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has delivered his verdict on Caixinha after his criticism of Aberdeen.