John Barnes believes that Celtic can expect a tighter title race this season but will still end up retaining their title as Scottish Premiership champions.
Barnes managed the Hoops in the doomed 1999-2000 campaign that featured the infamous Inverness Caledonian Thistle result and gave his opinion on this season’s league in an interview with BonusCodeBets reported in The Daily Record.
Barnes commented on the current status of Rangers and Celtic in the league, where they sit level on points with the Parkhead side top on goals scored. When asked about the gap at the top, Barnes said:
“It helps with the competition of the league. Everyone said that over time Rangers will get closer to Celtic and that is exactly what has happened”.
“I still think Celtic will win the league this year, but I think it will be much closer this season. Scottish football needs stronger teams.”
Celtic remain odds-on favourites for the league title — and rightly so. They are the team in possession and have won nine consecutive trophies. They can rightly claim to be the best team in the country.
Rangers have closed the gap over the last 18 months, demonstrated with a more prolonged challenge last season and by winning two derby matches.
The Bhoys have been in cruise control over the last two seasons though and now that Rangers appear to have upped their game, so have Celtic. With 32 goals scored in 10 games and just 7 conceded, they are in league-winning form.
Barnes would appear to be right, the league is going to be a lot closer this season, but Celtic should just have enough to edge it and confirm 9-in-a-row.
Who has more potential, Odsonne Edouard or Moussa Dembele?
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