Neil Lennon believes Scottish football is 'sexier' after the summer

27th January 2018, Celtic Park, Glasgow,  Scotland; Scottish Premiership football, Celtic versus Hibernian; Neil Lennon Hibernian Manager arrives for the game

The Hibernian boss highlights Rangers, Hearts, and Aberdeen as potential challengers for Brendan Rodgers' Celtic side.

13th May 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Hibernian versus Rangers; Neil Lennon Hibernian Manager applauds fans after the game

Brendan Rodgers has had a wildly successful time as Celtic boss since joining the Hoops two years ago.

The ex-Swansea and Liverpool boss has won six out of six domestic trophies in that time - the first time a 'double-treble' has ever been accomplished in Scotland.

That kind of record does, of course, suggest a lack of competition for the Glasgow side, although Hibernian's Neil Lennon believes things have changed this summer.

 

"I think the league was very competitive last year," Lennon told TalkSPORT. "There's no question Rangers are stronger this year. Aberdeen will have a say in it, Hearts look very strong again this year.

"So the competition is getting stronger and the league is getting sexier with a lot of big clubs going bang at it again.

"Celtic have been the dominant team and I think they will continue to be that but I think everyone is starting to build and get closer to that."

Things have certainly gotten more interesting this year, with Steven Gerrard's appointment at Ibrox topping the list of reasons why.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rodgers' former captain at Liverpool took over this summer and has thus far remained undefeated, guiding his new side through the first two stages of Europa League qualification and picking up his first league win with a 2-0 victory against St Mirren on Sunday.

But while Rangers have made progress, Celtic have stood still this summer. The champions have only spent money on one player - making Odsonne Edouard's loan move permanent.

Despite that lack of investment, Lennon feels we have to take Rodgers at his word over his long-term future at the club and not speculate too much.

"I think most Celtic fans would hope [he stays long-term]," said Lennon. "His record has been remarkable in the two seasons he has been there.

"I think he prioritised at the weekend with the game in mind tonight and obviously the result went against them [0-2 vs Hearts] and there was a lot of criticism after the game but you get that at a club the size of Celtic.

"Brendan has come out and said he is happy and we have to take his word for that."

11th August 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Celtic; Brendan Rodgers applauds the supporters at the end of the game

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