Alex Bruce has revealed that Celtic were significantly stronger opponents than Rangers this season after being named Premiership champions.

The former Kilmarnock defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the Bhoys were miles ahead of the chasing pack and a tougher team to play against when he was at Kilmarnock earlier in the campaign.

The SPFL confirmed on Monday that the top-flight season would be ended with immediate effect, thus handing Celtic their ninth successive Premiership title.

The Bhoys finished 13 points ahead of second-placed Rangers, albeit having played a game more than their Glasgow rivals.

Bruce says there can be no question whether the Hoops deserve to be handed the title, revealing how difficult they were to play against earlier in the season.

Asked if Celtic deserved to be called champions with the season being cut short, Bruce told Football Insider: “100 per cent, they were by far the most standout team.

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“Obviously speaking from experience of playing against them this season, they were better than the rest – by some margin as well, I have to say. They were stronger through the course of the season and they are deserved to be crowned champions, 100 per cent.

“Credit to Neil Lennon and his players because there was a lot of talk about Rangers giving them a real run for their money this year but they fell short again so fair play to Celtic for setting the pace again.”

Celtic and Rangers only faced off twice in the league before its abrupt end, having been due to face off on the weekend football was shut down in Scotland.

The Hoops won 2-0 in the first clash at Ibrox, though Rangers were able to regain bragging rights with a 2-1 victory at Parkhead in December.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been tipped to do Rangers a favour in the transfer market this summer.