Alan Hutton has backed his former club Rangers to prevent Celtic from making it 10 in a row.
The dominant Hoops are one successful campaign away from breaking the record nine successive title wins that they set between 1965 and 1974.
However, ex-Gers and Scotland right-back Hutton, who played for Spurs and Aston Villa amongst others before retiring earlier this year, has belief in Steve Gerrard’s side.
The 35-year-old said: “Obviously Celtic have been on an amazing run, they have done really well. They have had a solid squad for a lot of years now.
“But I totally believe that Rangers have it in them. They have a great manager, they are building a young, hungry squad, there is a lot of talent there and, with a few more additions, I totally believe they can challenge Celtic for the title this year.
“There is no way I would back against them, to be honest. I totally believe 100 per cent that they can do it.
“It is a massive season, obviously to stop the 10 in a row, I think the boys will be right up for it and hopefully they can do it.”
Meanwhile, Calvin Bassey is happy to let boss Gerrard decide his role at Rangers.
The 20-year-old, who signed a four-year contract with the Light Blues after joining from Leicester City, can play as either a left-back or in the left centre-back position.
Bassey said: “I prefer left-back but I am willing to do a job anywhere if I am honest, wherever the gaffer decides to put me I will just give 100 per cent and be the best I can.
“If I do play centre-half, I will be happy and give my all.”