Craig Gordon predicts Hearts and Aberdeen will be title challengers

Celtic's Craig Gordon

Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes Hearts and Aberdeen will challenge Rangers and Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership next season

Celtic's Craig GordonCraig Gordon predicts four sides will be in the running for next season's Scottish Premiership title

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes Hearts and Aberdeen will be pushing for the title next season, he is quoted as saying in the Scotsman.

Brendan Rodgers has recently taken the reins at Celtic Park while Rangers are set to return to the Scottish Premiership for the first time since 2012.

However Gordon does not see next season’s campaign as becoming a two-horse race, citing Hearts and Aberdeen as potential front runners who could well be in the mix.

Aberdeen's Adam Rooney in action with Celtic's Tyler BlackettAberdeen's Adam Rooney in action with Celtic's Tyler Blackett earlier in the season

“It’s looking like it could be one of the most exciting
seasons for a long time," Gordon said. “There are four really good teams who are going to be pushing at the top.

“Aberdeen aren’t going to go away, they will still be right up there. They could be our
biggest rivals again. Hearts are also bringing in a few more players and everyone is still trying to recruit a few more players which could make a difference.

“Even now, it looks like there’s going to be four teams who are going to be in and around things. We’ll see over the next few weeks who comes in, who strengthens the best and who starts the season the best."

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Celtic won their fifth straight title this past season and are rapidly closing in on Rangers’ leading haul of 54 league successes.

However, Rangers will be able to put a halt to the Celtic title total assault next season, when they return to the top flight.

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Mark Warburton’s side have already stated their ambition in the signing of former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton, and are set to bolster their ranks even further this summer.

And according to Gordon, they may well need to if they hope to challenge for back-to-back league title success, with not only Celtic to look out for but a couple of other sides, too.

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