Date: 17th June 2019 at 7:23am
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has thrown a dose of reality over the annual close season hyper optimism at Ibrox.

According to Hugh Burns all is well on the south-side of the city with the fans wandering around with smiles on their faces while the three domestic trophies remain in the Celtic trophy room.

It seems that two derby day victories has done the trick with no-one noticing the lack of transfer funds as Steven Gerrard prepares for Europa League qualifiers without Ryan Kent, Scott Arfield and Nikola Katic.

Weir often comes over as a tribute act for the Reverend I M Jolly but knows the dynamics of Glasgow better than most after 20 months as assistant to Mark Warburton.

Viewing the season just finished he told the Daily Record:

You’ve got to bridge that gap somehow and it’s happened in the past. Teams with lesser budgets and lesser quality have done it but you need a bit of luck and backing.

Obviously Rangers had a strong end but Celtic had the league won relatively early. Rangers had a strong end, so by the end of the season the table probably looked closer than it was.

Celtic had the change of manager and there was a bit of upset there. Next season is going to be really interesting and there is definitely a bit of optimism at Rangers.

In the end, despite splitting the points in the derby fixtures, Celtic won the title by nine points. Aberdeen ended Gerrard’s interest in both cup competitions with wins in Glasgow.

Celtic have still to sign any new players, at Ibrox Jake Hastie, Jordan Jones and Greg Stewart will report for pre-season training.