By David Woods

14th Jun, 2018 | 7:00am

Hartson: It will be a 'travesty' if Rodgers lets Rangers do this next season

John Hartson has damned Steven Gerrard with faint praise, saying that while he’s a “class act”, he has no chance of catching Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side.

In fact the former Celtic striker went on to say that it would be a “travesty” if Rodgers allowed it to happen next season.

Talking in the Scottish Sun, Hartson said: “There’s not a cat in hell’s chance Rangers will catch Celtic. They are a million miles away on and off the park.

“If Brendan Rodgers let that happen it would be a travesty. Celtic are double Treble winners with £50million of Champions League money and they have assets.

“I’m interested to see how it plays out, but Rangers’ biggest worry is getting close to Celtic rather than beating Celtic.

“Aberdeen have been second for three years and they won’t roll over for Rangers.”

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Football Insider verdict:

No pressure there then Brendan! Hartson might well be right – after all, everything is stacked up against Gerrard and his Rangers side. Celtic have all the money, and while they keep winning the Premiership and getting in the Champions League, the disparity will continue. At some point Rangers have got to break the cycle and Gerrard has given supporters fresh hope that he could be the man to deliver the title. He’s already brought in some quality players in Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, and there’s no doubt that they will be a tougher proposition than last season. We think the new-look Rangers, guided by Gerrard and Gary McAllister, will have too much for Aberdeen and will definitely take second. Can they catch Celtic? The bookies say it’s almost impossible, like Hartson, but we’re going to hold judgement until the season kicks off. One way or another, it’s going to be a very interesting ride. 

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