Garth Crooks tips Rangers to challenge Celtic next season

Celtic manager Neil Lennon in the dugout with assistant Johan Mjallby at the start of the Scottish Premier League game between Celtic and Ross County at Celtic Park Stadium on August 03,...

Neil Lennon led Celtic to Scottish Premiership title glory over Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers today.

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic embraces Steve Clarke, Manager of Kilmarnock FC prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on...

Garth Crooks has told BBC's Final Score program [broadcast 04/05/2019] that he believes Neil Lennon should leave Celtic, suggesting that Steven Gerrard's Rangers will be bigger and better next season.

Celtic wrapped up their eighth successive Premiership title by smashing Aberdeen 3-0 at Pittodrie.

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It was a long time coming for the Hoops, who are 12 points ahead of Rangers in the table.

Lennon finally got them over the line after replacing Brendan Rodgers on an interim basis in February, when the gap between them and the Gers was seven points.

 

The 47-year-old isn't guaranteed to be at Parkhead next season, and Crooks believes that the Northern Irishman, who had a previous spell as manager with the Bhoys, should move on, tipping Gerrard to reinvigorate Rangers next season.

He told BBC's Final Score program: "Rangers are breathing down their necks. They need to make sure they have someone at the helm who can take them forward and keep Rangers where they want them to be. That's not an easy task.

"Steven Gerrard is a winner. That kid wants to be successful and he will be. You need somebody at Celtic who can compete with that man in every sense. I think Neil's had his time there [at Celtic] and I think it's time to move on."

Gerrard has already snapped up two signings for next season in the form of Jake Hastie and Steven Davis.

Still, Rangers aren't exactly 'breathing down Celtic's neck' and the points difference between both sides illustrates that a gulf remains, even if the light Blues have improved under the 37-year-old.

But they will get better next season and is Lennon the man to continue that march toward 10-in-a-row? Time will tell.

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers looks on from the stands prior to the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell,...

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