Steven Gerrard’s squad have showed signs of competing this season, although we’re yet to see how they cope under pressure of a title run-in, he said.
The Hoops can’t afford to drop any more points this early in the season, and this weekend’s match against Ross County is crucial for Neil Lennon.
Rangers went two points clear of Celtic in the Scottish Premiership before the international break, but Lennon could leapfrog the Gers with a win at Parkhead on Saturday (3pm) with Gerrard’s side playing the following days.
“Ross County have been a bit of a bogey team for [Lennon] over the years,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record.
“But while it’s too early in the season to be even talking about must-win games, Celtic need to hit the ground running.
“Rangers have gone top and have showed signs they will compete this season.
“We’ve yet to see how they cope heading down the stretch but
“Celtic can’t afford too many slip-ups after failing to win their last two league games.”
Lennon needs his side to “do the business” at Parkhead tomorrow against a Ross County side that are in decent form, Sutton added.
Co-managers Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell have overseen their team record two wins and two draws from their last four league matches.
They’re currently fifth in the table, and haven’t lost since their 3-0 away defeat to Aberdeen in August.
Celtic, meanwhile, will be aiming to get back to winning ways after stuttering in recent weeks.
They most recently lost 2-0 away at Livingston, with Ryan Christie sent off midway through the first-half.
Celtic also dropped two points against Hibernian, where they drew 1-1, despite largely dominating the match.
Rangers travel to Hearts on Sunday (12.15pm), as they look to continue their winning run.
Gerrard’s side have won all four of their matches since the Old Firm derby defeat against Celtic, managing two 5-0 wins in a row.