By Alan Hutton

27th Jul, 2021 | 6:00pm

Hutton makes 'unbelievable' claim in Celtic v Rangers verdict after what he's seen

Alan Hutton has suggested Rangers have little to fear from Celtic heading into the new Scottish Premiership campaign.

The former Ibrox star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Hoops have lost their fear factor, especially in defence.

The Bhoys were thrashed 6-2 by West Ham in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Michail Antonio netted a brace while Armstrong Oko-Flex, who left Celtic to join the Irons this summer, also scored.

Meanwhile, Rangers beat Real Madrid 2-1 in their final warm-up game ahead of next week’s Premiership opener versus Livingston.

Hutton revealed he had kept an eye on the Bhoys as well as all the other top teams over the summer.

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He admitted he could not see the Premiership title race going any way but a Rangers win.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Did you see the West Ham game? The defending, oh my god, it was unbelievable.

“Armstrong Oko-Flex scoring was just rubbing salt into the wound. 

“I’ve kept an eye on the Scottish teams over the summer. I’ve watched Hibs and Aberdeen in the Europa Conference, they’re good, strong teams.

“Hearts are coming out flying, saying they can get something out of Celtic in the first game.

“I just don’t think other teams see Celtic as being this big, powerful unit any more. It’s all been broken up, it’s all new. They don’t look great at this moment in time.

“Rangers do. They’re the absolute opposite, they’re going from strength to strength. It’s going to be really interesting.

“I don’t want to go too early but I’m going to. I can only see it going to Rangers, if I’m totally honest.”

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