Celtic wanted to set a new record by winning the Scottish Premier League title for the 10th season in a row heading into the 2020-21 campaign, but Steven Gerrards Rangers had other ideas.
Ibrox-outfit secured their first league title in a decade on March 7 and have gone 36 games without defeat in that period.
The Rangers have been head and shoulders above Celtic and secured three wins and a draw over Hoops during the league campaign this season.
Sunday’s 4-1 win underscored the huge difference between the two sides, and former Parkhead favorite Shunsuke Nakamura has responded to Light Blues’ impressive campaign.
“I still follow Celtic and watch the news and watch the game,” Nakamura told The Guardian.
“I think the Rangers were strong this season and deserved to win the championship. I hope Celtic will use the disappointment of Rangers victory to return and win next season. ”
The Rangers also stopped Celtic from defending the Scottish Cup, giving them a 2-0 defeat in the fourth round to ensure they finish 2020-21 without silverware.
Gerrard will try to defend the title next season, and the Hoops need to pick a manager who is capable of creating a strong challenge against their bitter rivals.
The Celtic team needs big changes this summer if they are to regain the title next season and the new boss will have a big job in his hands.
Nakamura won three Scottish Premier League titles, a Scottish Cup and two Scottish League Cups in four seasons at Parkhead, which came out as Player of the Year in 2006-07.
Celtic played regularly in the Champions League at the time, but have struggled to qualify for the group stages of the competition in recent times.
They will have to quickly arrest the decline if they do not want to play second fiddle to the Rangers over the next few seasons.
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