By Jack Cunningham

1st Sep, 2021 | 2:01pm

John Hartson believes that Rangers will be full of confidence after keeping their key players

John Hartson has revealed that he believes that Rangers will be full of confidence after they kept their key players in the transfer window.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, the former Celtic forward revealed that he thinks the Bhoys might lack the confidence to win the league, and that was potentially one of the reasons why they sold Odsonne Edouard.

The Bhoys also allowed Ryan Christie to join Bournemouth on transfer deadline day, and it seems as if Hartson thinks that the confidence will be with the Gers after they kept all of their big players.

This is what Hartson said in full about Edouard and confidence: “Considering he is in his last year, Celtic have done what Rangers haven’t done.

“They want to keep all their players and are really confident of winning the league, and going into the Champions League and getting that money and everything else.

“Celtic are maybe not awfully confident of doing that, even with Edouard, and they have decided to let him go.”

Are Rangers in a better position than Celtic now?

The Bhoys had a much more active transfer window than the Gers as many players left, and plenty were brought in.

However, losing Edouard and Christie is most definitely a blow to Celtic’s title hopes as both had been part of Celtic title-winning teams in the past.

Edouard was also the top goalscorer in the league last season, so they are losing a top player.

On the other hand, Rangers kept their 2020/21 team intact and made a few additions, so we can see why Hartson perhaps feels that Rangers are more confident about winning the league.

Of course, the Old Firm win on Sunday is bound to help confidence as well, so the early signs are looking good for Steven Gerrard’s men to retain their SPFL title.

In other Rangers news, a journalist from the Guardian has had a pop at the Gers for their transfer business.