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Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has admitted that he is predicting a ‘much more competitive’ Celtic this coming season.

The Gers coasted to the Scottish Premiership title last season, taking top spot by a staggering 25 points as Celtic offered no challenge.

Neil Lennon’s exit in February summed up Celtic’s woes, and it took a long, long time for the Bhoys to find a replacement.

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Ange Postecoglou is now on board, but Celtic still look disjointed and in need of direction both on and off the pitch if they are to challenge Rangers.

The Gers have boosted their squad with the likes of John Lundstram and Fashion Sakala, whilst Celtic are now bringing in players like Carl Starfelt and Liel Abada.

Expecting Postecoglou to immediately win the title back would be ridiculous, but he will at least be expected to cut the gap – and Rangers are seemingly realistic about the challenge facing them.

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Goalkeeper McLaughlin has told The Herald that he is expecting a ‘much more competitive’ season from Celtic, even if he doesn’t think last season was easy by any stretch.

“It wasn’t easy last year. As much as some people on the outside might think it looked easy, that was as much to do with Celtic maybe as our hard work. We know it is going to be a much more difficult season, a much more competitive season this year and we have to be fully ready for that and that fight for the entire year.

With a few more signings, Celtic may feel they can really pressure Rangers, but the Gers seem ready for more of a battle this coming season.

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