Stewart tips Celtic to beat Rangers in title race

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton has taken nine players to Ibrox this summer, but is it enough to edge out Celtic for the title?

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the match

Former Hearts and Hibernian midfielder Michael Stewart has backed Celtic to pip Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title this season, telling BBC Sport.

The new Premiership campaign kicks off this weekend and Celtic are vying for a sixth successive top-flight crown - and a first under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Hoops have really monopolised the division in Rangers' absence, but the Gers, now under Mark Warburton, look set to come back with a vengeance after signing nine new players this summer - including Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Despite Rangers' recruitment drive, Celtic have only signed two players so far - Kolo Toure and Moussa Dembele - but Rodgers's side remain odds-on with most bookmakers to have the last laugh and win the division come May.

With the quality they already have, Stewart feels that the Bhoys will have too much for everybody else, but believes that Warburton's troops will nick a runners-up spot from Aberdeen.

"There's obviously not been a great deal done in the transfer market, yet. I think Brendan Rodgers will improve the side, regardless. I think they will win the title," the BBC Scotland pundit told BBC Sport.

"I do like the look of Rangers. It's a tough one between Rangers and Aberdeen. I think, perhaps, Rangers would nick it," Stewart added of the battle for second place. "If Aberdeen get into the Europa League group stage, then they could have a lot of extra games."

Celtic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conference

There is not a huge gap between both sides, as witnessed in April when Rangers - then a Championship side - led Celtic twice and later beat them on penalties in a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

But Rodgers is a more established manager than Ronny Deila and certainly the Northern Irishman is expected to deliver that a league title at a minimum next May.

 

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