Three reasons Celtic should fear Rangers this season

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Mark Warburton's Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers should feel optimistic about beating Celtic to the title - and here's why:


“I sense a similar spirit to Leicester last season here. The lads were together and here it is exactly the same, the lads are just really good friends. That’s got Leicester to where they were because they were a really tight group and I see the same thing here.”

These are the words of Rangers' latest signing Joe Dodoo, who was on the fringes of a Leicester City side which shocked the world by winning the Premier League last season.

The 21-year-old striker saw first-hand how united the Foxes were - and the very fact he senses a similar feeling within the Rangers squad is potentially ominous for Celtic and the others who will participate in the Scottish Premiership this term.

Andy Halliday celebrates with Kenny Miller after scoring the second goal for Rangers

Lack of pressure

No matter what happens in the coming weeks by way of transfers, Mark Warburton's troops will not be favourites. Rangers go into this Premiership campaign as underdogs as far as the title is concerned and a relaxed Rangers should worry Celtic.

Pressure did not faze them last season, smashing the Championship by 11 points in the end, and a Rangers side unburdened by expectation should be a daunting prospect to those on the green half of the Old Firm divide.

Of course, there may come a time next season when Rangers are clear favourites to go all the way, but they saw out their Championship title in ruthless fashion last term, seemingly impervious against the demands of leading a title race - albeit in lesser division - and few would back against a better Rangers side doing the same this season.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy


Even the most ardent of Celtic fans would struggle to deny that Rangers have done excellent business this summer. Celtic had to come from behind twice against Rangers last season - and Warburton has made them a lot better since April.

Whether it's tried-and-tested quality like Joey Barton or Niko Kranjcar, or young talent like Jordan Rossiter or Josh Windass, Rangers have lured some serious players to Ibrox and it won't have gone unnoticed by Hoops fans.

Niko Kranjcar - Queens Park Rangers on the bench

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