By Adefunmiloye Alani

22nd Sep, 2021 | 3:18pm

John Hartson expects Rangers to retain title as Celtic struggles continues

Rangers are top of the Premiership table after six games, and John Hartson insists Celtic are not a match for them this season.

Ange Postecoglou’s side have won just three league games, losing the other three, with four points currently separating them from the defending champions and they found themselves in sixth position.

There are still a lot of games to play, but Hartson is not confident of his old side’s title chances, insisting they will need a “miracle” to pip Rangers to it.

The Hoops hero said on Go Radio [21/09/21]: “I think Rangers started the season as favourites, for me anyway. Celtic are in a transition, they lost 10 players. Ange has had to come and completely build a new team. So there are going to be some hiccups from a Celtic point of view, particularly away from home.

“With his professionalism and his managerial record he’ll obviously think ‘I need to start winning games away from home’. Maybe set up differently, I think they’ve got to be a little bit more pragmatic when they’re going forward in terms of being hit on the counter-attack, they’ve got to defend properly in that sense and put players back in position

“But, as I said, I think Celtic are in a bit of a transition and I expect Rangers to go on and win the league. I think Celtic need to do a miracle if they’re going to get the title back this season.”

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Steven Gerrard’s men stopped the Parkhead side from sealing a 10th consecutive title last term, forcing them to ring a lot of changes in the summer.

Nothing has changed, though, and despite losing one and drawing another game so far, Rangers will not feel threatened by their Old Firm rivals.

They proved themselves with a 1-0 win against Celtic at Ibrox in August, and the trio of Hearts, Hibernian and Motherwell could actually prove to be stronger title challengers than the Hoops.

The Bears are ready to dominate the domestic scene for a long time, and apart from defending the title, they will be focusing on winning the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup too this term after disappointing in the competitions last season.

Gerrard wants his men to do well in Europe too, and Celtic have a lot of work to do to have any chance of strongly challenging their bitter rivals anytime soon.

In other Rangers news, Charlie Nicholas has branded the Bears ‘spoiled little brats’ after major development.