Charlie Nicholas' brutal Celtic verdict that Rangers fans will love to hear

Charlie Nicholas answers questions during the Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Steven Gerrard's Glasgow Rangers have bolstered their ranks this summer as they hope to knock Neil Lennon's Hoops off their perch and bring silverware to Ibrox away from Parkhead.

Charlie Nicholas answers questions during the Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Glasgow Rangers have found themselves grudgingly praised by Celtic legend and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas, who worries the Ibrox side are "bang on it right now" and have had a much better recruitment window than the Parkhead side so far.

While Steven Gerrard's Gers have bolstered their ranks considerably this summer and not lost any key players, the Hoops have not done quite as much so far in the market, and also lost Kieran Tierney to Arsenal.

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Both Rangers and Celtic have begun brightly in the Scottish Premiership but Neil Lennon's side saw their defensive frailties exposed in the Champions League qualifiers in midweek, shipping four goals at Parkhead as they were knocked out by CFR Cluj.

Nicholas, who spent nine years as a player at Celtic across two spells, has urged the Bhoys board to prove they are fully behind Lennon amid an increasing threat from Rangers, who are hungry to put a stop to their Old Firm rivals' domestic dominance - and warned the Hoops haven't got enough to retain the title as things stand.

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic embraces Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31,...

"Rangers are a real threat this season. Absolutely," Nicholas told Sky Sports News. "They are bang on it right now with drive, determination and a stronger squad. Celtic have to sort themselves out without worrying about Rangers right now. That is going to take a bit of time."

When asked if Celtic have enough to win the Premiership were the transfer window to shut today, Nicholas replied: "No. Rangers have had a much better recruitment window than Celtic and must answer this is what we are after. Lennon must have a say and if they have to break the bank to get him then so be it. Celtic fans deserve a reaction."

Celtic lock horns with Dunfermline at Parkhead on Saturday in the Betfred Cup, while Rangers travel to East Fife in the second round of the competition on Sunday.

Scott Brown of Celtic and Olivier Ntcham of Celtic challenge Ryan Jack of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31,...

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