Rangers are clearly still reeling from their hilarious weekend defeat to Hearts, if comments from their assistant boss Gary McAllister are anything to go by.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic lead the Premiership title race by five points after the Gers slipped following the winter break for the second season in a row.

Hearts beat Rangers 2-1 on Sunday

Hearts beat Rangers 2-1 on Sunday (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Ibrox side are still in with a chance of ending their lengthy wait for a trophy, and we can’t afford to take anything for granted.

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But it seems like they’re starting to realise just how big an ask it’s going to be to dethrone us as McAllister spoke today.

“We need to be pretty perfect,” he said to the Belfast Telegraph in terms of their remaining games.

“We are well aware of that. We have a rough idea of the points tally that is required to be successful and there is very little wriggle room.”


McAllister knows the size of Celtic challenge

McAllister knows the size of Celtic challenge (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Life comes at you quick

It’s rather glorious to see how quickly things have changed up Ibrox way.

From apparently romping to the league title after beating us late last month, they’re now questioning their boss and players after defeat to the league’s bottom side.


We can add to that agony by continuing to win our matches. They won’t play their well documented game in hand until later on this season so every time we win it piles the pressure firmly on them.

McAllister will know that we’ve only dropped five points to the league’s bottom ten teams so far this season – with both of those results occurring in the space of eight rocky days.

Celtic beat Ross County 3-0 on Saturday

Celtic beat Ross County 3-0 on Saturday (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

There is, of course, a big question about the two remaining derbies of the season.

We must approach the games better than our last two fixtures, both from a player and management point of view.

But Rangers showed how bang average they are on Sunday. Hearts outlined the blueprint for beating them. If we can follow that to some degree then we should be just fine.

The Celtic backroom team will know that, just as McAllister knows how hard it’s going to be to topple us.

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