Glasgow Rangers have closed the gap on league leaders Celtic in the Scottish Premiership after beating Dundee United at home as they took advantage of the shock defeat handed out to defending champions Celtic by St. Mirren.

Rangers came into their home game with Dundee United on the back of three consecutive defeats. The Giovanni van Bronckhorst-led team recovered from those defeats with the home win over Dundee United who are last on the Scottish Premiership log.

Glasgow Rangers had a five-point deficit to leaders Celtic and they were able to reduce it to two points courtesy the 2-1 victory over Dundee United. Croatian international striker Antonio Colak broke the deadlock for Rangers as early as the eighth minute and the goal was the difference between the two teams at the end of the first half. Rangers scored at the start of the first half through Colak and it was the same route that produced the second goal at the start of the second half. Colak doubled the lead for Rangers four minutes into the second half. Liam Smith pulled one back for Dundee United a minute before the hour mark. The strike from Dundee United defender Smith turned out to be just consolation after Rangers held on to secure the three points at stake.
Thanks to the home win over Dundee United, Rangers moved within two points of Celtic as they consolidated second spot on the league table. Celtic played around a day after Rangers and they had the chance to restore their five-point lead with an away win over St. Mirren. In the end, Celtic failed in the quest to restore their five-point gap over Rangers after they were beaten 2-0 by their hosts.
After the latest set of games in the Scottish Premiership, Celtic have 18 points from eight games, while Rangers have 16 points from eight games.