Kenny Dalglish backed Celtic to maintain their dominance in Scotland by bringing home the league title for a second straight season.
The Celtic legend believes the Scottish champions added significantly to the squad that reclaimed the title from Rangers last season, and that 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 recent days have added Aaron Mooy and Moritz Jenz.
“Added to the team that won back the Premiership last season, that makes Celtic for me the team to beat this season.
“Of course the transfer window is open for another six weeks or so, and Rangers could still do more business. But the Parkhead club looks very strong.
“At the moment they are favorites for the Premiership. Rangers will really have to produce something very special to stop them.
Celtic appear to be in fine form ahead of the new season
Ange Postecoglou’s side had little hope following the Australian’s arrival last summer, but the Hoops’ remarkable consistency carried them to the title, having not lost a single league game after September.
Unlike last year, Celtic did their important business early and do not enjoy a Champions League qualifier for the first time since 2009, with entry into the group stage already secured.
With significant additions to key positions, including the retention of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota after successful loans last season, Celtic appear to be in good shape ahead of the Scottish Premiership opener against Aberdeen next Sunday.
Dalglish’s comments are a clear endorsement of the Celtic legend, who also briefly managed the side in 2000, following the acrimonious departure of John Barnes following the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Scottish Cup debacle.
While it’s unlikely to be a quote the rivals will pin on the dressing room wall, it’s another clear acknowledgment that Celtic are serious ahead of this new season and will have to be stopped.
In other news: Chris Sutton’s ‘superb’ verdict on Celtic vs Norwich City.
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