Neil Lennon insists Celtic are better equipped than Rangers to triumph in the title race this season despite seeing their lead at the summit of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League slashed to only two points.
The Parkhead coach expects another close finish between the Glasgow giants again this time around after claiming the crown on the final day last term. But Lennon believes the experience gained from winning three consecutive championships will see Celtic safely over the finish line ahead of their bitter rivals.
Asked whether there was much between the two squads, he claimed: "No, but I think we are better and more experienced in terms of winning the league."
He continued: "We've proved that over the last three seasons and I think we've got players who are equipped to go the whole way again.
"Whatever challenges are thrown at them, they are ready to take on and overcome."
Victory at Ibrox in last month's Old Firm derby allowed the champions to move seven points clear of Rangers.
But a draw against Dundee United and defeat by Aberdeen last weekend has left that advantage all but obliterated, meaning Rangers could even go top this weekend.
But Lennon insisted: "Nothing surprises me in football.
"When we beat Rangers I didn't get too excited because I knew there was a long way to go and we had difficult games coming up.
"We are disappointed to throw away a lead at home to Dundee United and we played ever so well in the second half on Sunday and threw it away again. Overall, there isn't much wrong but there are things we need to brush up on, there is no doubt about it."
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