By Jack Cunningham

11th Jul, 2021 | 8:37am

Micky Mellon predicts Rangers to kick on this season

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon predicts Celtic to mount more of a challenge to Rangers this season.

Rangers went the whole league season unbeaten last year as Celtic floundered and finished a huge 25 points behind the Gers.

However, they have replaced Neil Lennon with Ange Postecoglou, and it seems as if Mellon is expecting a bit more of a battle at the top of the league and thinks that Rangers will kick on.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Mellon said: “Rangers will be a force again. They will drive on again, and I’m sure it will be a keenly fought battle between the big two again.

“Rangers will be more experienced this season, and they will be hungry again to get some more of what they enjoyed last season.

“That’s what happens to good players, they get greedy, and they want more.

“They are driven by a top manager and a huge fan base, which will drive them on.

“They will now get a reaction from the other side of the city from Celtic, so it should be a keenly contested battle.”

Will Mellon be right?

It is hard to see how Steven Gerrard will allow standards to slip this season as the Gers look to establish themselves as the dominant force in Scottish football once again.

Celtic were nothing short of a shambles last season, and you would expect them to be better this year, but that could push Rangers on as well.

The Gers head into the season knowing what it felt like to win the league last season, and Mellon could well be right about the players becoming “greedy” for success, which can only be a good thing for Rangers.

The Gers were poor against Tranmere, and Gerrard warned some of his players that even though it was just a pre-season match, it wasn’t good enough, and we would be surprised if Rangers played like that again in pre-season [SkySports].

Mellon makes some excellent points, and the 2021/22 title race could be an intriguing battle, but we expect the Gers to retain the title ahead of the Bhoys.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard lauds the display of 27-year-old Gers star.