Kenny Dalglish gives Celtic title advantage over rivals
Kenny Dalglish has backed Celtic to maintain their dominance in Scotland by bringing the league title home for a second consecutive season.
The Celtic legend believes that the Scottish champions have added significantly to the squad that wrestled the title back from Rangers last season, and this will be the difference in next season’s Premiership race.
Writing for The Sunday Post, Dalglish said: “They have been active in the transfer market, and in the past few days added Aaron Mooy and Moritz Jenz.
“Added to the squad which won back the Premiership last season, for me it makes Celtic the team to beat this season.
“Sure, the transfer window is open for another six weeks or so, and Rangers might yet do more business. But the Parkhead club looks very strong.
“Right now, they are favourites for the Premiership. Rangers will really need to produce something very special to stop them.”
Celtic looking in fine fettle ahead of the new season
Ange Postecoglou’s side were given little hope following the Australian’s arrival last summer, but the Hoops’ remarkable consistency saw them through to the title, having not lost a single league game after September.
Unlike last year, Celtic have done their significant business early, and have the benefit of no Champions League qualifiers for the first time since 2009, with entry into the group stage already secured.
With significant additions in key positions, including retaining Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota following successful loans last season, Celtic look to be a in good place ahead of the Scottish Premiership opener against Aberdeen next Sunday.
Dalglish’s comments are a clear endorsement from the Celtic legend, who also briefly managed the side in 2000, following the acrimonious departure of John Barnes after the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Scottish Cup debacle.
Whilst it’s unlikely to be a quote that rivals will be pinning on the dressing room wall, it’s another clear acknowledgement that Celtic mean business ahead of this new season, and will take some stopping.
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