By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit and former manager Graeme Souness has explained Rangers are making Celtic weaker due to the lack of a challenge for the Hoops.
Brendan Rodgers’ side ran out an impressive treble victory in the last campaign, as they finished undefeated domestically in all three competitions.
However, Europe was a different case for the Glasgow giants as despite qualifying they were dumped out of the group stage without a victory from each of their six group matches.
Now, Souness believes the likes of Rangers are making Celtic weaker, as if there was more of a challenge in Scotland then the Hoops wouldn’t be so open to letting go of their key players, as they would be needed for the league fight.
“If you’re a Celtic supporter it damages them as well. If there is a real challenge from Rangers, do Celtic sell their best players? No they don’t,” told Souness to TalkSport, as quoted by the Scotsman.
“If you’re a Celtic supporter, are you seeing the same quality on the pitch as you would if Rangers were strong? No you’re not. You’re team is weaker and that will be proved in Europe.
“That is the reality, they don’t need to keep their best players because they can beat Rangers and everyone else without them – the likes of Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk.”
Celtic have lifted the Scottish Premiership the last six times and they are looking good for their seventh with three wins from their last three games.
However, they have not progressed from the Champions League group stage since 2013 when Neil Lennon was the manager.
The Hoops will certainly be hoping for better this campaign and they will find out who they will be playing in the draw later on Thursday.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has told that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Hoops sold 25-year-old.