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Celtic captain identifies biggest title rivals, does not name Rangers

By Dominic Toner

Celtic captain Scott Brown has revealed that Aberdeen will be his team’s biggest threat in the league this season.

The Scottish giants are aiming to clinch their sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title but are expected to face a tougher challenge with Old Firm rivals Rangers returning to the top-flight.

Brown told Sky Sports that he feels Aberdeen will be their main competition for the league crown as he controversially refused to place Rangers in to the same bracket.

“I think Aberdeen after last couple of seasons have been exciting to watch, they’ve come to Celtic Park and got points and we’ve struggled up there so hopefully we can do a little bit better this season.”

The skipper was further pushed on Rangers’ title aspirations but failed to call them a title contender.

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“Yeah we will see with that when it comes that is the fifth game of the season so we’ve got a few before that, and as I say Aberdeen has been great in the last couple of seasons, so have Hearts coming up last year so we expect more of the same from them two,” he added to Sky Sports.

“It’s always good, a Rangers Celtic game, especially on a packed atmosphere, there’s lots of huge games coming up for us and that’s a way down the line.”

Rangers were the last side to stop their rivals winning the domestic league trophy and will be striving to do so again after they lifted the Scottish Championship last season with 81 points.

Aberdeen will feel confident going in to the new league campaign as they finished runners up and gained qualification to the Europa League qualifiers, although they were still 15 points adrift of champions Celtic.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has already bolstered his squad with signings like Frenchman Moussa Dembele.

He told the Herald Scotland that he is still hopeful of recruiting another four players before the window closes as he targets the SPL title.

In other Celtic team news, Rodgers has claimed that forward Leigh Griffiths would score five more goals a season by pressing goalkeepers.