Alex Bruce has predicted that Rangers will come nowhere near Celtic this season in the fight for the Scottish Premiership title.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Kilmarnock defender believes Neil Lennon and his men will stroll to the title after an emphatic start to the campaign.

The Hoops currently sit top of the table thanks to their 5-1 thrashing of Hamilton on Sunday, with Rangers two places behind in third after a 1-0 win at Aberdeen.

Odsonne Edouard continued his red-hot form from last season with a hat-trick at Parkhead, while Jeremie Frimpong and Patryk Klimala also hit the back of the net.

Bruce insists that Celtic are the favourites for a reason and admits he cannot see Steven Gerrard and his men posing a serious threat to the title.

Bruce told Football Insider: “Start as you mean to go one, Celtic are the frontrunners and anybody that is going to knock them off their perch will have to do exceptionally well.

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“Listen, I believe that Celtic will run away and win the league again, I can’t see anyone even being close to them. It was a great start for Neil Lennon and I’m sure he’ll want to continue in that vein of form.” 

Celtic are in the hunt for their 10th title in a row this term and could also secure a fourth successive treble if they can win the delayed Scottish Cup.

The Hoops finished 13 points clear of Rangers last season, albeit after they played a game more as the Premiership season was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In other Celtic news, McAvennie has told Football Insider that Neil Lennon will need to sell this summer before signing “wonderful” midfielder from Premier League side.