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Former Celtic manager Peter Grant has backed Ange Postecoglou’s side to bring home the Scottish Premiership title for the second straight year.

After nearly 500 appearances as a player for the club in the 80s and 90s, Grant worked as first-team manager during Tony Mowbray’s ill-fated stint as manager in 2009-10 as Celtic without silverware, a fate he has not had for this current one provide side.

As reported by The Daily Record, when asked about his title winner prediction on the Go Radio Football Show, Grant said: “I’m going to surprise you and say Celtic. I think it’s proven they have the best squad at this point I’d say.

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“I think they have 20-22 players who you would call first-team players and I don’t think Rangers have that. I think they signed quality, I was really impressed with the Rangers signings but I just think Celtic have a more rounded squad.

The former midfielder expects the Scottish champions to strengthen further before the transfer window closes, with further departures expected after Osaze Urhoghide’s confirmed return to Belgium.

Grant said: “I’d still like to have another defender. I know they signed Jenz last week but I think that’s an important area for them, centre-back. If (Christopher) Jullien goes I think they will need another centre-back because it’s a long season and a difficult season with the World Cup.

“I definitely think they can make changes, but you judge the best teams by the bench. I think Celtic have the best bench.”

Active in this transfer window, Celtic retained Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota after successful loan deals, while adding Alexandro Bernabei, Benjamin Siegrist, Mortiz Jenz and Aaron Mooy.

With guaranteed Champions League group stage football for the first time since 2008/09, the windfall that comes with it has allowed Celtic to invest heavily in the squad, a luxury Grant’s side never had under Mowbray.

With Urhoghide being one of several fringe players left out of the squad, it’s hardly unreasonable to think Celtic will do even more business before the transfer window closes as other first-team players are linked with departures.

We hope Grant’s prediction with Celtic comes true as they open their Premiership title defense on Sunday at Celtic Park against Aberdeen.

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