Former Premier League manager, Paul Lambert, has spoken to the Glasgow Evening Times about next season’s title race.
The 49-year-old played for Celtic among several other clubs, before moving into coaching after hanging up his boots.
Lambert has been impressed by Rangers’ recent improvements. Yet, he claims Neil Lennon’s Celtic will still prove too strong.
“I think he has done really well since taking over,” Lambert told the Glasgow Evening Times when asked if Lennon would be enough to stop a resurgent Gers. “To win the two trophies that he did was an excellent achievement. Now that he has been appointed full-time he can really get into the job, get his feet well and truly under the table.”
“They will still be a strong side, without a doubt. They will still be the team to beat next season. Rangers will try and bridge the gap. But it is good that Lenny has got the job.”
There are plenty of Rangers fans who agree with that last statement, that’s for sure.
Celtic were linked to some esteemed managers, before offering Lennon the job full-time in the showers [BBC Sport].
There’s no argument that on the back of another league title, Celtic are the team to beat. Yet, the gap that Lambert speaks of is no longer there in terms of head-to-heads.
Rangers dominated the last two Old Firm’s at Ibrox and ran their rivals extremely close with 10-men at Parkhead in March.
The main focus for Gerrard’s side going forward has to be to tidy up results against lesser sides. Improved consistency will be vital to a genuine title challenge.