Celtic icon Kenny Dalglish thinks the Hoops are just a result or two away from being out of sight at the top of the Scottish Premiership, writing in his Sunday Post column.
This weekend has seen a break in hostilities in the league title race with both Neil Lennon and Steven Gerrard taking charge of matches in the Scottish Cup.
However, with mid-week league action right around the corner for both clubs once again, it won’t be long until Celtic look to pile even more pressure on the Ibrox side.
The difference in form of the two teams since the return from the winter break has been notable with the Bhoys winning all of their matches and Rangers dropping points against Hearts and Aberdeen.
Dalglish now thinks they aren’t far away of dropping away from the race completely.
As quoted by The Sunday Post, he said: “There is no doubt that Rangers cannot drop any more points before they face Celtic at home on March 15. And when that day comes along, they will need to beat Neil Lennon’s team. It’s as simple as that.
“There is no margin for error for Steven Gerrard’s men. Rangers are just one dodgy result away from the destination of the title being out of their own hands. Another slip and they will be left looking for favours from elsewhere.
“All of which will be easier said than done. For a start, Celtic are flying, and have come back from the winter break with renewed determination.
“Losing at home to Rangers on December 29 hasn’t had a negative impact. Indeed, they dealt with that setback quickly, and moved on and into a nice rhythm.”
Celtic have the initiative
It’s fair to say it wasn’t expected by too many people that Celtic would be seven points clear at the top of the table in early February, just weeks after losing to Rangers at Celtic Park.
However, the failures of Gerrard’s team have opened a door to us that we must smash through over the next few weeks.
If we can maintain our form against Hearts and Aberdeen this week, then recent form suggests we could find ourselves even further ahead at the top of the table.
Dalglish is right to note that all the pressure is on Rangers for now, with every match a must-win encounter for them at least until our Ibrox trip next month. If they continue to stumble then the importance of upcoming derbies may even lessen.
However, don’t forget we’ve already won there this season.
The Celtic machine is on a roll and our experienced title-winners know how to sustain forward momentum.