2019/20 Scottish football preview

The 2019/20 Scottish Premiership is underway and as usual, Celtic are the team to beat.

The bookmakers have Neil Lennon’s team as odds on favourites to win the title for the ninth season in succession, which would be a great achievement.

The Glasgow giants are hoping to progress to the Champions League group stages, which could prove to be a distraction to domestic commitments but that would be nothing new for the club.

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However, Celtic have lost a key player in the summer transfer window as left-back Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal.

Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo has joined the club and in truth, the loss of Tierney will not have a great impact when playing the bulk of teams in Scotland.

Nonetheless, a loss of a key player will only encourage Celtic’s potential challengers at the top of the Scottish Premiership, one of which is local rivals Rangers.

Can Rangers finally win the league for the first time since 2010/11.

It is the job of former Liverpool midfield general Steven Gerrard to push Celtic all the way this season having fallen off the pace during the last campaign.

The pressure is on Gerrard to take Rangers forward this season, not only for the sake of the club but also his own managerial career.

Rangers have been busy in the transfer market over the summer months. Some of the major incomings to Ibrox include defenders Filip Helander and George Edmundson, wingers Jordan Jones and Sheyi Ojo plus central midfielder Steven Davis.

There are no big names in that group of players and perhaps that has something to do with the amount of money invested last season.

The result was a nine point gap to Celtic come the end of the campaign and no appearances in either of the two domestic cup finals.

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Rangers were well clear of the chasing pack, which was led by Kilmarnock but they were still not close enough to genuinely make Celtic worry for their title.

Of the players added to the squad this summer, Sheyi Ojo is the one who could have the biggest impact.

On his day the tricky winger can be difficult to stop and he has the potential to create and score a lot of goals for Rangers this season.

However, he was disappointing in the 2-1 win at Kilmarnock in the opening match of the season.

Rangers required an injury time winner to take maximum points at Rugby Park but that’s already an improvement on last season, when Gerrard’s team lost both games at Kilmarnock.

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