Kris Boyd makes Celtic and Rangers predictions

Kris Boyd of Kilmarnock during the Betfred Cup First Round between Kilmarnock Football Club and Morton at Rugby Park on July 23, 2016 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Pedro Caixinha’s Glasgow Rangers will finish second and Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic will end up top in the Scottish Premiership this season, predicts Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd.

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd has predicted in The Scottish Sun that Rangers will finish second in the Scottish Premiership table this season.

Rangers ended up third in the league last season after winning automatic promotion from the Scottish Championship at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

Former Rangers striker Boyd, who is now 33 years of age and plays for Scottish Premiership rivals Kilmarnock, has backed Pedro Caixinha’s side to end up runners-up this campaign.

The Scotsman has also praised the signing of Bruno Alves, stating that the Portugal international central defender reminds him of former Rangers and Everton centre-back David Weir.

Kris Boyd of Kilmarnock during the Betfred Cup First Round between Kilmarnock Football Club and Morton at Rugby Park on July 23, 2016 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

“For me RANGERS can only really hope to be second and that’s where I think they’ll finish,” Boyd wrote in The Scottish Sun. “Pedro Caixinha has stumbled across a 4-4-2 formation but it seems to be working.

“Had I written this column a month ago it would have been totally different. But there are signs that Rangers could be on to something.

“I reckon Bruno Alves will prove to be a fantastic signing, reminding me of the arrival of Davie Weir. By all accounts his English is very good so he’ll be able to delegate and organise things at the back, something Rangers have badly needed.”

Boyd has also predicted Celtic to win the Scottish Premiership title this season. Brendan Rodgers’s side won the league title during the 2016-17 campaign without losing a single game.

The former Rangers star, though, has stated that the Hoops need to sign a striker in the summer transfer window.

Moussa Dembele is injured at the moment, meaning that Leigh Griffiths is in charge of scoring the goals for the Bhoys for the time being.

Boyd seems to rate Scotland international striker Griffiths on the pitch, but he has criticised him for his off-pitch behaviour.

James Tavernier of Rangers challenges Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on April 29, 2017 in...

“Celtic won the treble last season — and I wouldn’t bet against them doing it again,” Boyd wrote in The Scottish Sun. “But for me they need another striker because of two big questions.

“The Moussa Dembele saga will rumble on and the question is: Will he stay or will be go? Then there’s Leigh Griffiths. Can Brendan Rodgers really rely on him?

“On the pitch, yes, he’ll always get goals. But he seems to needlessly get himself involved on silly things that give his manager a headache. If he’s not tying a scarf to goalposts he’s shouting at people at airports.”

“Overall, though, I would expect Celtic to win a domestic double this season, if not another treble,” added Boyd.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch