Dare we say it? Glasgow Rangers are surely the favourites to win the Scottish Premiership this season after a weekend which saw them move 19 points clear of Celtic.
Steven Gerrard’s side looked to be in trouble early on after Celtic duo Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths came close to scoring on several occasions, only to be denied by the safe hands of veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor, but they roared back after the break thanks to an own goal from Celtic skipper Callum McGregor to win 1-0 and maintain their impressive run of form.
It’s the first time Rangers have been unbeaten in their opening 22 top-flight appearances since the 1967-68 season and we reckon that the best is yet to come.
This wasn’t just the first game to mark the New Year, it clearly means much, much more, and may have set the tone for the rest of 2021.
Whilst the Premiership league leaders may have played three games more than their arch rivals, they have now set themselves up rather nicely for the rest of the domestic campaign.
It will no doubt feel like very familiar territory for Gerrard, after Rangers threw away a huge points advantage to see Celtic confirmed as Scottish champions for the ninth season in a row last year.
This time, however, it’s fair to say that the momentum seems to have already started to shift towards the Govan side of Glasgow.
Against Neil Lennon’s side, Rangers may have been left to feel a little anxious, although they gradually grew into the game as the afternoon wore on. The Gers side that started at Ibrox was mostly comprised of seasoned veterans and established first-team regular starters with a whole host of international caps between them.
Indeed, it feels like Gerrard has finally found his winning formula, as they’ve now gone five games unbeaten since the humiliating defeat at the ands of St. Mirren in the Betfred Cup.
As the old adage goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going, a popular witticism which can often be associated with Rangers, as Alfredo Morelos couldn’t resist a cheeky scrap (or two).
There’s no doubt the Scottish Premiership title win will be well deserved if and when it comes, and to do the Old Firm double over Celtic in the same season will surely be the icing on the cake.