Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has today praised Celtic’s form as his side continues to sit behind the Hoops in the Premiership.
As Rangers were winning 2-0 at Livingston, Neil Lennon’s men were securing their seventh consecutive win in all competitions. Since losing 2-0 at Livi, Celtic have been ruthless, scoring 23 goals in those seven matches.
But it’s also been difficult for Lenny’s side to nip away from our rivals. Rangers haven’t lost a domestic game since losing to Celtic back in September. It means that both sides are neck-and-neck in the Premiership table. As it stands, Celtic are ahead by a single goal.
Speaking to Sky Sports post-match, as quoted by BBC Scotland (10/11 live match page, 17:22), Gerrard acknowledged Celtic’s fine run of results in recent weeks.
He said: “Celtic are in excellent form, they’ve had a big week themselves and they’re scoring goals heavily and don’t seem to be dropping any points so it’s important we continue to do what we need to do, keep winning and staying in there.”
Shaping up to be the closest title race in years
For one reason or another, teams aren’t taking the points off Rangers that they did last season. And as a consequence of that, the title-race looks like being as close as it has in a long time.
December 29th is already looking like it could be the day where we race three points clear again. We won’t get the favours we did off other clubs last season. So whilst the Rangers manager is praising our form, it’s important that we also recognise that our rivals are giving it everything they have this season.
We would all still fancy Celtic to do the business of course. When Rangers visit Parkhead next month, we’ll all be looking for our superior technical players to step up and prove their class. Another win against Gerrard’s men will deal them a real psychological blow.
It wasn’t long ago that Hearts managed to hold Rangers to a 1-1 draw at Tynecastle. But the problem is that’s the only time they’ve slipped up this season outside of their loss to us.
In previous years, Celtic have been prone to the odd draw or defeat after European matches. This season, it doesn’t feel as though we can even afford one of those without being punished for it.
It’s making for an intriguing campaign. It’s always refreshing to see rival managers hail our form, but we can’t let it slide anytime soon.