For the last two seasons, Glasgow Celtic have won consecutive trebles, and any fair minded Glasgow Rangers fan should acknowledge that. But, will they do it again this season?
Rangers and Hearts are the most improved teams in the SPFL, whilst there is a feeling in Scotland that Celtic have possibly regressed.
Steven Gerrard has guided his new look side into the Europa Group stages and knocked out four quality European sides already – no mean feat.
Craig Levein has taken his Tynecastle squad to the top of the league with 12 points from four games, which includes a 1-0 win over current champions Celtic.
Taking nothing away from our bitter rivals, I don’t see Celtic continuing to beat Rangers in every game this season. The ‘Gers will improve with longer, advanced coaching provided by Gerrard and his talented background staff.
They had too many new players trying to gel as a team in the earlier 1-0 loss at Celtic Park. My view was that the match came too soon for some of the best signings Rangers have made.
Once the Colombian, Croatian, Albanian, Canadian, Northern Irish and Scotland internationalists are all bedded in, watch them go. They will become a force to be reckoned with.
The BetFred and Scottish cups will undoubtedly be the best chance for Rangers, Aberdeen or Hearts to challenge Celtic for silverware this season.
TalkSport host Alan Brazil believes that Rangers still have the chance to beat Celtic to the Scottish title, especially after being impressed by Gerrard’s men reaching the Europa League group stages.
“It’s amazing how big an impact one game can have on the way people think,” said Brazil on the Sunday Post website.
“But I reckon it’s simply too soon to write Rangers off.
“Let’s not kid anybody on here – qualifying for the group stages of the tournament [Europa League] from the first qualifying round is no mean feat.
“Aberdeen have been trying to do it for years without success.
“For Stevie G to lead the Light Blues to the tournament proper at the first time of asking, is seriously impressive.”
If the Ibrox club beat Celtic at home in December, the situation changes and the point gap closes. It could be another season without silverware for Rangers, but somehow, I don’t think so.
Their Europa League campaign could go two ways. With too many games coming fast and furious, it really could make it so difficult in Gerrard’s first season as a manager.
Or if the results are good against Villarreal, Austria Vienna and Spartak Moscow, it could give this new Rangers side a new found confidence and more experience to finally beat Celtic.