By Daniel Feliciano

24th Jul, 2022 | 6:35pm

Sir Kenny Dalglish thinks Celtic are still title favourites ahead of Rangers

Sir Kenny Dalglish believes Celtic are the favourites for the Scottish Premiership after Rangers lost Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo during the transfer window.

Rangers have signed six first-team players this summer and are set to bring in Ridvan Yilmaz too, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst admitting anymore business is unlikely without more exits.

But after losing Bassey to Ajax and Aribo to Southampton this summer, Liverpool and Scotland legend Dalglish wrote in his Sunday Post column [July 24] that he feels Celtic will start the campaign as favourites because they’ve strengthened their team while Rangers are transitioning.

“Calvin Bassey’s £20-million departure from Rangers to Ajax has been the main headline to date from the summer transfer window in Scotland,” he said.

“From a financial point of view, it was great business for the Ibrox club. The departures of Aribo and Bassey may have helped the balance sheet, but football is not all about money. It’s about winning and being successful.

“However, the Rangers manager will not be sulking. He knows it’s part and parcel of football. You have to deal with the blow of losing an outstanding player and quickly move on. It’s all about how you recover from it, and the calibre of player that you bring in to fill the void.

“Giovanni will also be looking at the situation over at Celtic, and seeing that Ange Postecoglou has improved his squad.

“Sure, the transfer window is open for another six weeks or so, and Rangers might yet do more business. But the Parkhead club looks very strong.

“Right now, they are favourites for the Premiership. Rangers will really need to produce something very special to stop them. But league titles are never won on paper. It’s what you do out on the park.

“It’s about ability, mentality and desire from the players, and it’s about organisation and man-management in the dugout.

“The Old Firm games last season were very tight, and I don’t think that will change.”

Special

Dalglish says that Rangers must do something “very special” to be able to wrestle the Scottish Premiership title from Celtic this season, but this team is a special one.

Reaching the Europa League final last year showed how good this squad is, and while they already lost two key players they’ve also strengthened other areas and kept key players like Connor Goldson and Allan McGregor despite what looked like inevitable exits.

Van Bronckhorst came in during the season and a small blip after the winter break ended up costing them, but they showed in the Scottish Cup semi-final win and in the final league game that they’re more than good enough to compete.

Fans should be buzzing to have a genuine title race on their hands, and should feel confident in the manager and the squad he’s built that come May 2023 it’s the blue side of Glasgow celebrating with a 56th title.

In other Rangers news, the BBC have finally issued a public apology for their bias reporting