Celtic: Neil McCann says Neil Lennon's Bhoys will dominate Scottish football for some time
'Young stars should figure more regularly for Hoops in the Premiership'
Last Updated: 11/05/14 3:23pm
The Bhoys hoisted aloft their third league crown in a row on Sunday afternoon following a 3-1 home win over Dundee United that took their points tally to 99.
Celtic ended the campaign 29 points ahead of second-placed Motherwell and with Rangers still working their way back up into the big time, Sky Sports analyst McCann expects Neil Lennon's brood to dominate in the coming seasons.
However, the onetime winger says that will allow the Hoops to blood their starlets in the Scottish Premiership and focus on making headway in the Champions League, a competition in which they were dumped out at the group stage this term.
"They have been so consistent and you wonder who is going to stop them and when because they are getting stronger," said McCann.
"If they can hang onto Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk - who is so comfortable and looks like he plays with slippers on at times - and the imaginative Kris Commons, as well as add some more, I don't see a team good enough to create a challenge
"We need a challenge and Celtic would embrace it, but it looks doubtful, so I think Lennon can introduce his young guns, like Liam Henderson, domestically and save the big guns for Europe, where they could now make a dent."
Aberdeen looked primed to snare second spot in the Scottish Premiership but the Dons' 1-0 loss to Motherwell - which came courtesy of a stoppage-time strike from Craig Reid - saw them leapfrogged by Stuart McCall's charges.
Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker feels Aberdeen - who won just two of their final nine games of the season - must still improve, but credited his old side Motherwell for what they achieved following a summer of change.
"They are a work in progress but they did well to win the Scottish League Cup Final," Walker said of Aberdeen, who lifted their trophy - their first in 19 years - after beating Inverness Caledonian Thistle on penalties in March.
"However, I think if you had asked Motherwell what they expected at the start of the season after losing so many players - including Chris Humphrey and Henrik Ojamaa - and working on a small budget, they would probably have said top six.
"So for them to finish second is absolutely remarkable."