By Azeem Siddiqui

29th Jul, 2022 | 1:15pm

Kris Boyd backs Rangers for league title ahead of Celtic

Kris Boyd believes that Celtic’s schedule for the Champions League and domestic competitions will make Rangers the frontrunners for the Scottish Premiership title.

The Hoops regained the Scottish Premiership from the Light Blues last season, having lost it to them in 2020/21.

Boyd, while talking to Sky Sports as quoted by Football Scotland, has suggested that the Gers will definitely have an edge going into the next season.

“There was not much between Rangers and Celtic last season and it will be another close-run title race this time around,” he said. “Ange Postecoglou has added to his squad and secured the permanent signings of Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers, who were excellent last season.

“However, being champions brings added pressure and every team will be out to frustrate Celtic.

“Nobody expected Celtic to hit the levels we saw last year – it was a fantastic turnaround from where they found themselves – but the fans will demand they perform in Europe too.

“It’s a balancing act Celtic have had to contend with in the past, but the Champions League group stages are a massive step up from the Europa Conference League and for that reason no one will be surprised I have them as runners-up.”

Potential Title Race

It has taken a lot of hard work and patience for the Rangers to get into the kind of position they are in at the moment. After such a long time, we can safely say that the football pundits are talking about the title race in Scotland.

It was just a few years back during the Brendan Rodgers era at Celtic where people thought that the league in Scotland was decided before the first kick of the campaign.

However, the tides have turned and Rangers are now in the conversation again. In the 2020-21 season, they won the Scottish League under the management of Steven Gerrard.

In the following season, the Liverpool legend left for Aston Villa and he was replaced by Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Even though they didn’t manage to defend the title, they reached their first Europa League final and also won the Scottish Cup.

Therefore, there are enough reasons for excitement at the Ibrox and the fans will be hoping that their team will be able to clinch the league this season.

In other Rangers news, Dundee United manager Jack Ross has played down transfer talks linking an Ibrox fringe player with a move to Tannadice.