John Hartson offers verdict on Rangers' title challenge, suggests how Celtic will feel

John Hartson commentates during the Barclays Premier League match between  Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at White Hart Lane on May 16, 2015 in London, England.

Rangers now sit top of the Scottish Premiership table.

John Hartson commentates during the Barclays Premier League match between  Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at White Hart Lane on May 16, 2015 in London, England.

Pundit John Hartson has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he thinks Rangers' title challenge is very real – but Celtic won't be worried just yet.

The Gers beat Hearts 2-1 at Tynecastle on Sunday afternoon thanks to goals from Connor Goldson and Alfredo Morelos, and the win took Rangers top of the Scottish Premiership.

That's because Celtic were in Betfred Cup final action against Aberdeen at Hampden Park, claiming the first silverware of the season as Ryan Christie scored the only goal of the game.

 

As things stand then, Rangers sit top of the table and a point clear of Old Firm rivals Celtic, but Brendan Rodgers' men do have a game in hand on their bitter enemies.

Both teams are in action tonight, as Rangers host Aberdeen at Ibrox whilst Celtic travel to take on Motherwell, with what appears to be a real title race on the cards.

Few thought that Steven Gerrard could seriously challenge Celtic this season, but he has lost just four times in 30 games as Rangers manager and is getting everything out of his players right now.

Now, ex-Celtic striker and current pundit Hartson has suggested that Rangers' title challenge is legitimate and genuine, though added that you don't win anything for being top after 14 games.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen with the trophy during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Hartson added that Celtic won't feel worried just yet, especially with that game in hand, and will want to go on with their business and win their own games rather than worry about what Rangers are doing.

“Rangers went to the top of the league at the weekend for the first time since they were back in the top flight. And I think Celtic will appreciate that they are in a challenge for the title now,” said Hartson. “There are no medals handed out in December. There’s no prizes for sitting at the top of the league 14 games in.”

“Celtic won’t be craning their neck to look over the fence. They’ll be wanting to simply go and win their own games and concentrate on what it is that they need to do. But I believe it is a genuine title challenge and I also believe that Celtic will be strong enough to prevail and come out on top,” he added.

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard talks to the media during a press conference after the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and Villarreal CF at Ibrox Stadium on November 29,...

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