Celtic look set to lose their grip on the Scottish Premiership title

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When Celtic were named champions after establishing a 13-point lead over Rangers before the coronavirus shutdown, few could have seen the balance of power shift so dramatically within a year.

A huge improvement from Steven Gerrard’s team has coincided with a significant loss of form from Neil Lennon’s men, with the Ibrox side currently 23 points clear in the race for the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic’s hopes of securing a historic tenth successive league title now look extremely slim, and Parkhead legend Sir Kenny Dalglish believes the fine run that Rangers have put together is just as important as the slump endured by the champions.

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Lennon’s side are yet to win a game in 2021 after four attempts, while Rangers have remained unbeaten in their 25 league matches this season, dropping just six points.

Speaking in his Sunday Post column, Dalglish said: “The best Celtic can hope for this season is winning the Scottish Cup, if that gets up and running again.

“That will not feel like enough for the fans, but let’s not forget they have been up against a very strong Rangers team.

“Steven Gerrard has built something special over a period of time, and it has all clicked into place in the past six months.

“It will hurt most Celtic fans to admit it, but Rangers have been brilliant this season, and the Light Blues supporters must be loving it all right now.

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“Steven is taking the club in the right direction and it appears, on and off the park, that they are getting stronger and stronger.

“But they still have work to do.

“There is chat about trying to go through the Premiership season unbeaten. That kind of achievement is all fine and well.

“But the greatest and most-satisfying achievement is just to win the title.”

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