Former Rangers fullback Alan Hutton believes the club already have a vital advantage over Celtic in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Hutton believes the improvements Rangers have made mean the title race will go “all the way” this year.
Celtic drew with Kilmarnock 1-1 in their second game of the Scottish Premiership season and have now had their next two games postponed by the government.
Nicola Sturgeon made the decision in the wake of Celtic defender Boli Bolignoli’s admission that he travelled to Spain before the Kilmarnock.
Meanwhile, Rangers have moved to the top of the table after their 3-0 victory over St Johnstone.
When Celtic resume their title bid Rangers will be eight points clear if they beat Livingstone at the weekend.
When asked by Football Insider how he saw the title race playing out, Hutton said: “You can’t take anything for granted. Yes, Celtic are Champions but it’s not going to be easy this year.
“Obviously we’ve already seen an upset already. It’s going to go all the way in my opinion because Rangers are that much stronger.
“They are the Champions for a reason but they are going to have to bounce back quite quickly because if you have that gap, it’s difficult to come back from it.”
Celtic are seeking a historic tenth title in a row this season while Rangers are looking for the first trophy under Steven Gerrard.
After joining the club in the summer of 2018, Rangers have finished second behind Celtic in the past two seasons. They also lost the League cup final to their cross-city rivals last season.