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17th May, 2017 | 10:00am

Neil Lennon delivers verdict on whether Rangers can challenge Celtic for title next season

By Amir Mir

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon believes there is only “one team” that can win the Scottish Premiership title next season as he insisted there was no chance of Rangers or any other club challenging Celtic.

The former Hoops manager stated that the best his newly-promoted side can achieve is “second” because of the strength of Brendan Rodgers team.

Lennon’s side earned promotion to the Scottish Premiership by winning the Championship title by a margin of 11 points.

He will come up against his former club next term as they are currently on the verge of finishing the domestic season unbeaten.

Speaking to BT Sports official Periscope account, Lennon delivered his verdict on Celtic as he stated what his team will do next season.

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“We want to be the best of the rest,” Lennon told BT Sport.

Chris Sutton then asked what he means by that comment to which he responded, “Second. There is only one team that is going to win the league. They are getting better under Brendan as the season goes on.

“But, next year we want to give people a bloody nose if we can, recruitment’s really important in the summer.”

Lennon’s comments made it clear there is no chance of Rangers overhauling their bitter rivals even though Pedro Caixinha is embarking on a massive recruitment drive.

In Rodgers first season in charge at Parkhead, the Northern Irishman has helped his team record 100 points for the Scottish Premiership campaign.

They have dropped points on only four occasions this term, winning an impressive 32 out of 36 league encounters.

There are three games in the season remaining for Rodgers side, who will be looking to complete the domestic treble.

They play second-placed Aberdeen at the end of May, with the winner of that encounter walking away with the Scottish Cup.

The Bhoys will prepare for a Scottish Premiership clash away at Partick Thistle on Thursday night before they end their league campaign at home to Hearts on May 21.

In other Celtic news, Chris Davies has made a big claim about the club’s European credentials as he stated what the club intends to do. 

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