Charlie Nicholas has said that he is “concerned” that the current Rangers team, managed by Steven Gerrard, can close the gap on Celtic this season, as per HITC.

The former Celtic man has spoken about the recent problems at Celtic and the success so far at Ibrox under the management of Gerrard.

Celtic lost 3-2 on aggregate to AEK Athens in the Champions League qualifying stages, meaning they will play in the Europa League play-off tie.

That is the tie which Rangers will go into, should they overcome Maribor in the tie which they are currently 3-1 up in after the thrilling game at Ibrox.

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Furthermore, Hoops defender Dedryck Boyata has reportedly refused to play for Celtic and Brendan Rodgers has been very critical of his board.

Nicholas said about the two great rivals (via HITC):

I am concerned that if Rangers get a bit of momentum, they will close this gap.

They lost seven home games last season. That won’t happen this season.

It’ll be a harder place to go and win. People are already looking to September 2 and saying, is this going to be a test? Well it will be. As a Celtic fan, I am concerned because Gerrard will close this gap.