Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is clearly still concerned about Celtic this season, judging by some comments made on Friday

Neil Lennon’s men have failed to win their last four matches in all competitions, and many in the media have written us off completely.

The Hoops could trail Rangers by nine points by Sunday night – as we focus on winning our 12th domestic trophy on the spin in the Scottish Cup semis at Hampden.

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Celtic have a great recent record at Hampden

Celtic have a great recent record at Hampden / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And Gerrard, who is yet to win a trophy since moving to Scotland, clearly still sees a real threat from Lennon’s men.

Speaking on Friday, as per the Daily Record, he said: “I think it would be different if we had the opportunity to go there and be nine points clear with no games in hand.

“You’re talking about Celtic here who are a good team, who are capable of going on big runs.

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“We’re still in October. It’s very early days for us to be getting carried away, or ahead of ourselves.”

Gerrard’s comments are surprising as he rarely mentions Celtic unless he is talking about a derby match.

The Rangers boss clearly still recognises the threat we pose his side, having won nine league titles on the spin.

 

Cup success can’t be taken for granted

Rangers’ recent record at Rugby Park suggests they could toil on Sunday. But even if the Ibrox side do win, we shouldn’t be overly concerned.

Our two games in hand will be at Celtic Park – and at a time when our team will hopefully be fully firing.

There were real positive signs in Thursday night’s Lille clash – despite the side squandering a two goal lead to draw 2-2.

Celtic were really good in Lille

Celtic were really good in Lille / (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

Our team looked hungry to impress, motivated, and well organised. All complaints that have been directed at them over the past month.

Hopefully we can build on it, starting this weekend against Aberdeen at the National Stadium.

Sure, I would much rather we were playing in the Premiership this weekend. But cup success can never be taken for granted.

The Ibrox boss would give anything for one crumb of actual cup success. Let’s see if this side can add even more glory to Celtic’s recent history.

In other news, Celtic could face the possibility of playing some league matches on midweek afternoons this season

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