Bigger gap

Rangers legend Souness admitted Celtic would have extended their lead says Hartson


JOHN HARTSON says Rangers legend Graeme Souness admitted Celtic have would widened the gap at the top if the season was played out.

The Hoops were declared Premiership winners last week after the SPFL brought an end to the campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hartson says Souness agreed that Celtic would have stretched lead over RangersCredit: Willie Vass - The Sun

Neil Lennon's men held a 13-point advantage over the Light Blues - who had played a game less.

The Old Firm rivals were due to meet in the league on two more occasions.

But Hartson reckons the nine-in-a-row winners would have extended their advantage at the league summit - and claims Souness agreed.

He said: "I was on a show the other day and Graeme Souness agreed with me in saying that if we'd got a resumption to the Scottish Premiership this season then Celtic would've widened the gap, extended their lead.

"Because of the form they'd been in since coming back from Dubai, you couldn't deny that.
Rangers legend Souness praised Lennon and Co says HartsonCredit: Sportsfile - Subscription

"Graeme, in all fairness, praised Neil Lennon and said what a great football mind he has.

"I feel the SPFL made the right decision.

"I don't think Rangers had it within them to claw back the points difference and go on and win the league."

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Celtic legend Hartson reckons Steven Gerrard faces a 'ridiculously difficult' task of stopping 10-in-a-row next season.

The Welshman - who hit 110 goals in 201 games - believes his former side go into the new season as huge title favourites.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound, he added: "Celtic will go into next season's Premiership as big favourites.

"But it's down to Rangers, it's down to what Steven Gerrard can do in the summer, his recruitment, his staff, his scouts.

"Celtic, of course, will also be looking to add.

"Have I seen enough of Rangers to stop them? Well, nothing surprises me.

"But Steven Gerrard's got an enormous job to stop the ten.

"There will also be pressure on Neil Lennon to achieve it, like there was on him to get the nine after Brendan Rodgers walked out on the club.

"Can Rangers do it? With investment, with good form, it looks a ridiculously difficult job to do, to stop Celtic winning then ten.

"But that's why Gerrard's there, that's why they appointed him. They feel he is the man to do it."

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