Rangers won the league title last season by a whopping margin of 25 points and ended Celtic’s dreams of winning a tenth Scottish Premiership title in a row.


With Celtic taking a lot of time before appointing Ange Postecoglou as their new manager and the level of squad upheaval that is expected at the club this summer, not many are expecting the Bhoys to bridge the gap with Rangers next season.



But Lennon, who lost his job at Celtic in February, insisted that the title race is going to be closer next season.


He stressed that Celtic could seriously challenge Rangers next season if they get their recruitment right this summer and stressed that the situation is not as bad as it is being perceived to be at the moment.



Lennon said on talkSPORT: “I think it will be closer next season.


“First of all, we have got to sort out who wants to stay and who wants to go. Obviously, there are four or five who are angling to move on.



“And we have got to get the recruitment process sorted out as well.


“I think once we get the quality of players in who can be expected to challenge in Scotland, I think they will be alright.


“I don’t think it’s as bad as everyone is making it out to be.”


Celtic are yet to sell any of their disgruntled stars or bring a fresh face into the squad with only a month left before their Champions League qualifier.