By Nick Ware

26th Jun, 2021 | 9:10am

Jim White and Neil Lennon share verdict on Rangers and Celtic title hopes

Rangers fans will be hugely expectant of picking up back-to-back Scottish Premierships next season, according to Jim White.

The Gers romped home to the domestic title during the 2020/21 campaign, accruing a mammoth 102 points to finish 25 points above Celtic.

Speaking on talkSPORT [25/06/21], ex-Hoops boss Neil Lennon delivered an upbeat appraisal of his old club’s title chances next season, despite the substantial gap between the Old Firm rivals.

“I think they’ll want to try and win the league and I don’t see any reasons why they can’t,” he said.

Former Sky Sports presenter White replied: “There’s massive, massive expectation among Rangers fans up there to do it again under Gerrard because they’ve loved it, they stopped Celtic doing 10-in-a-row, the intensity is incredible.”

“The pressure is on Ange Postecoglou.”

Rise to the expectation

This will be the first season in a long while that we come into the season as favourites for the Scottish Premiership title.

Celtic were heading for a 10th successive title before we swept them aside last season, and they were in turmoil for most of the season as they swayed from one controversy to the next.

That’s something that obviously gave us a big advantage in the race for the title, which ended up being a one-tam race.

However, even if Celtic were near their previous levels, they still would have crumbled underneath our incessant pressure, such was our greatness.

To go the season undefeated is no mean feat, but the pressure will now be cranked up immeasurably as we aim to match our own achievements.

Winning the 2021/22 Premiership will arguably be even more impressive, regardless of whether we match our points total, given Celtic’s determination will be off-the-scale to steal the title back they held for so long.

But that’s exactly how it should be at Rangers – pressure means we are expectant, and that expectation is born out of the abilities of Steven Gerrard and this Gers side.

If we attack the season with the same intensity as last, then it will be nearly impossible for our Old Firm foes to keep up.

In other Rangers news, there has been a major development in their bid to sign Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour on loan.