John Hartson predicts difficult challenge for Celtic next season

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has suggested the Bhoys will get a serious challenge when Rangers are promoted.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson told talkSPORT that he’s predicting success for the Bhoys this season, but feels they will be challenged from next season onwards.

Celtic are in a very good position to build on the domestic double they secured during Ronny Deila’s first season at the club, but Hartson feels that a really tough challenge is just around the corner for his old team.

“Yeah they do and I think next season they may well get it – They’ll get the challenge next season if Rangers can go up and be strong,” he told talkSPORT.

“Aberdeen are getting better and I think Inverness had a great season last season – Over 38 games I think Celtic will win the league because really they’re just too strong.”

Why do Celtic need a real challenge?

Deila is not a manager who would allow complacency to get into the mentality of his players and Rangers coming up would help him to keep his players on their toes.

Celtic are the biggest club in Scotland and one of the biggest in the UK so they will be strong from next season onwards, but they will have to refine their focus more than has been the case in the last couple of years.

Deila should sense opportunities for his players to develop with a club like Rangers coming into the Premiership, if they get promoted, because of the unique experience matches against the Gers create.

Regardless of a possible Rangers promotion and the current Premiership rivals of the club getting stronger, Celtic will always rightly back themselves to stay one step ahead of their main rivals.

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