Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot believes Celtic are favourites to win the SPL title this season.
Both sides have made perfect starts to the campaign, winning their opening five matches to open up a seven-point lead over third-placed Hearts.
Rangers have won the Championship for the past two years but Broadfoot recognises that it will be difficult to come out on top this term.
Celtic strengthened their squad considerably over the summer, while they are also able to focus solely on their domestic commitments whereas Rangers are still involved in the UEFA Champions League.
"There have only been five games played so far and there will be hard games away from home for us to come starting this weekend," Broadfoot said ahead of Sunday's trip to Aberdeen.
"Obviously the other teams are a bit behind just now, but there's a long way to go and maybe a team will go on a run like Hibs did last year.
"I think Celtic are favourites with the players they've brought in and the fact they play week to week, whereas we have hard games away in the Champions League and it's hard to lift your game, sometimes you come back and you're a wee bit flat.
"But we just have to raise our game and take every game as it comes. I'd say Celtic are favourites, yes."
Meanwhile, Broadfoot hopes to make contact with Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia following the horrific injury he suffered against Rangers at Old Trafford.
Valencia sustained a fractured and dislocated ankle following an innocuous incident involving Broadfoot and now faces months of rehabilitation.
The defender said: "If I get picked for the Scotland squad next week, I'll speak to Darren Fletcher and get his number and send him a text.
"Hopefully he's okay, I know the operation went well and hopefully he's okay from that."