IT'LL take a miracle for Celtic to wrestle the title back from Rangers this season.

That's the opinion of Hoops hero John Harton who reckons Ange Postecoglou is doing the best he can with a transitioning team.

And while Hartson is confident there won't be any pressure or panic over Postecoglou's position after a shaky start, he reckons Rangers are clear favourites to retain the title.

It has been a summer of major change at Celtic with Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell both out of the picture at Parkhead. 

Postecoglou was given the role at manager, with Dom McKay brought in as chief exec before stepping down citing personal reasons.

And for Hartson the rebuild on and off the park is too much for Celtic to overcome in one season.

"I think Rangers started as favourites for me", said Hartson on the Go Radio Football Show.

"Celtic are in a transition, they lost 10 players.

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"Ange has had to come and completely build a new team. So there are going to be some hiccups from a Celtic point of view, particularly away from home.

"Nobody likes to see or hear it, certainly Celtic fans, but it was going to happen and I don't think there'll be any pressure or any panic at Celtic on Ange.

"With his professionalism and his managerial record he'll obviously think 'I need to start winning games away from home'.

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"Maybe set up differently, I think they've got to be a little bit more pragmatic when they're going forward in terms of being hit on the counter-attack, they've got to defend properly in that sense and put players back in position.

"But, as I said, I actually think Celtic are in a bit of a transition and I expect Rangers to go on and win the league.

"I think Celtic need to do a miracle if they're going to get the title back this season."