John Hartson shares what Graeme Souness told him about Celtic's gap over Rangers

By John McGinley

May 24, 2020

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has shared that former Ibrox player and manager Graeme Souness has been full of praise for the job Neil Lennon is doing at Celtic, speaking on BBC Sportsound on Sunday.

The Hoops had another fantastic season in Lennon’s first full year in charge after his return, demolishing domestic opposition and building a 13-point gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Hartson, like many other Celtic supporters, was left impressed and thinks the award of the title was more than justified despite drama surrounding votes and potential investigations.

The ex-forward reckons if anything the points gap would have widened had the full 38 games have been played.

Now he’s shared that a Rangers icon, Souness, thinks similarly.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, Hartson said: “I was on a show the other day and Graeme Souness agreed with me in saying that if we’d got a resumption to the Scottish Premiership this season then Celtic would’ve widened the gap, extended their lead.

“Because of the form they’d been in since coming back from Dubai, you couldn’t deny that.

“Graeme, in all fairness, praised Neil Lennon and said what a great football mind he has.

“I feel the SPFL made the right decision. I don’t think Rangers had it within them to claw back the points difference and go on and win the league.”

Clearly that’s not the kind of rhetoric we’ve been hearing from other Ibrox-leaning pundits over the last few weeks and months but it’s no less accurate. Celtic were absolutely cruising to the title win before the suspension of football.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We can now look forward to the club marching forward in a typically relentless manner and pushing for a tenth successive title next season.

That’s unprecedented territory history-wise and we’ll need to be every bit as good as this season to get the job done.

With Lennon’s great football mind, as Souness apparently put it, we’re in good hands when it comes to our coaching and management.

The thought of Celtic’s return is one of the great things to look forward to during this ongoing crisis.