Kenny Dalglish believes Celtic can continue to rule Scotland by winning the league championship at home for a second straight year.
The Celtic great thinks that the Scottish champions’ big additions to the group that reclaimed the championship from Rangers last year will make the difference in the Premiership competition next year.
Dalglish stated in a piece for The Sunday Post that:
“They have been active in the transfer market, and in the past few days added Aaron Mooy and Moritz Jenz.
“Added to the squad which won back the Premiership last season, for me it makes Celtic the team to beat this season.
“Sure, the transfer window is open for another six weeks or so, and Rangers might yet do more business. But the Parkhead club looks very strong.
“Right now, they are favourites for the Premiership. Rangers will really need to produce something very special to stop them.”
After the Australian’s arrival in the summer of last year, Ange Postecoglou’s team was given little reason for optimism, but the Hoops’ incredible consistency helped them win the championship after going undefeated in league play after September.
Celtic, unlike last year, has taken care of their important business in advance and therefore has the advantage of not needing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2009.
Celtic looks to be in a strong position going into the Scottish Premiership opening against Aberdeen next Sunday thanks to major reinforcements in key areas, including keeping Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota after successful loans last season.
During John Barnes’ bitter resignation following the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Scottish Cup disaster, Dalglish’s words are a strong endorsement from the Celtic icon, who also coached the team for a brief period in 2000.
Although it’s unlikely to be a remark that competitors will post on the locker room wall, it’s another another emphatic declaration that Celtic are serious about this next season and won’t be stopped.