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It must be said that Celtic aren’t trying very hard to stop Rangers from winning the Premiership this season.

This was supposed to be the year that the Hoops beat Steven Gerrard’s side to the title for the club’s historic 10th successive Premiership crown.

But Rangers boast a massive 20-point lead over Celtic and although the latter have two more games in hand, it’s so difficult to see Neil Lennon’s side turning this around.

Their inspirational captain Scott Brown was red carded in last night’s 2-2 draw with Livingston, but Bhoys legend John Hartson feels that Kristoffer Ajer has been the club’s real leader this season anyway.

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And the former Wales international told the 10Celtic podcast that Rangers may not boast such an enormous points advantage this season if more of Lennon’s squad had the same attitude and hunger as the 22-year-old defender.

Hartson said: “He’s grabbing the bull by the horns and he’s almost dragging the team through, even to these draws. You see him making these lung-bursting runs forward, he’s marauding with that big stride, he’s challenging, on his backside, making blocks, in the opposition’s penalty area.

“He’s a credit to the rest of the players. They should all look at him and if they’d all adopted the same attitude as Ajer then might have made a better fist of it in terms of holding on to the title.”

It’s been such a damp squib for Celtic fans and Hartson might be right, because there’s quite a few heavy hitters at Lennoxtown who haven’t looked that hungry this season.

In particular, Odsonne Edouard has had his injury problems, but seven goals in 15 Premiership games is nowhere near good enough for a striker like him, but really there’s a number of culprits, though ultimately the buck stops with Lennon.

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