Gerrard: Remember the level after Celtic triumph
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has told his team to ‘remember the level’ after they got the better of Celtic after 13 matches.
The Glasgow outfit had suffered disappointing results at the hands of their Old Firm rivals over the past seven years but they managed to end the streak with a 1-0 triumph after Ryan Jack found the scoresheet in the 30th minute.
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Speaking after the game, Gerrard said that the team must remember the standard displayed on the playing field with almost every player producing an immense performance on the day. However, the Liverpool legend is not looking far off from the progress and believes there is plenty of work to do for the Gers to win their first Scottish Premiership title since 2011.
He said: “I told them to remember the level. Remember the standard. Any team that comes up here, if we play to that level, they will be in for a tough game. That’s how it needs to be. The players were outstanding across the pitch. We were better to a man. We could have made it more comfortable but it was a good result. We were superb. There’s still a lot of work to do. Celtic are a good team with a good manager. We can still improve and grow and we will.”
At present, Rangers are equal on points with Celtic heading into the second half of the season but the former are, however, topping the standings with the better goal difference and an extra game to play. As such, Gerrard’s team cannot really afford any slip-ups at the turn of the year and it remains to be seen whether they can keep up the same level of performance when the expectations are on them to cease Celtic’s dominance over the past seven years.
If Rangers do manage to sneak it to the title, it would be a fantastic turnaround for the club, given that they were playing at the very bottom of Scottish Football's pyramid just a few short years ago. When you factor in the financial muscle that Celtic have had (having been in countless Champions League campaigns, and beaten the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United along the way), and Steven Gerrard's triumph becomes even more impressive.