In the event you were drawing up a list of this day’s most unlikely predictions, a landslide Rangers win over Celtic at Ibrox could have ranked somewhere involving an earnest breakthrough on Brexit and a fast solution to global warming.

Steven Gerrard’s team turned up the fever, that’s without a doubt. Their success had been scalding and entirely deserved. After 10 defeats and two draws from 1-2 meetings together with Brendan Rodgers’ team which saw them produce performances which conducted the gamut from A for Abysmal to Z for Zzzzz, Rangers finally stirred and gave Celtic a little glimpse of life on the opposing hand.

The Scottish winners turned in Ibrox to get a match of soccer. Rangers turned up to get a battle. Whether this match has been won, eventually, with an objective in Ryan Jack, its bases were assembled on attitude and work-rate and fitness center to go like the clappers daily long, on Gerrard inventing a perfect match plan which has been completed to the letter with an infinitely hungrier team. Maybe not forgetting Rodgers becoming his team selection wrong and then it being exposed.

After all, the cameras switched to Gerrard in the most significant moment of his profession in direction. Gerrard needed that, no question. After falling points in nine league matches this season – and hauled down the barrel with a six-point shortage on a Celtic club with a match at your fingertips – he needed the validation he had been on the ideal track domestically. That even if Rangers don’t win the league, which he shows himself capable of committing Celtic under Rodgers a bloody nose as others have done .

Hibernian have done this, Hearts have done this, Kilmarnock have done this, Aberdeen have done it now Rangers have united the party at last at the 13th effort because the Celtic director struck town. From today until the end of the summer growing season, Gerrard may put this hit on the television screen in the team room and state ,’that is your degree today, that is exactly what your capable of, that is what we want every week, that is what will make us contenders’.

For Rangers, the idea of beating Celtic is no longer an abstract thing. The win strips away a coating of Celtic’s atmosphere. Rodgers’ team have now lost four league matches in the first half of this season, which is the same number of losses that they suffered in the past two league seasons assemble. Talking about these being beatable is all well and good, however Rangers do not need to discuss it . They’ve experienced it.

‘Now They Have to perform it on the road’

The question for Gerrard is about consistency. Can he dig out displays similar to this on an everyday basis awaiting? Can he bring to an ending soft things becoming dropped on your way? Given he is applying a warmth to Rodgers’ back ending, can he maintain it applied or will a ridiculous draw here and a weak loss there undermine everything?

The winter is upon us but when they go back to league activity Rangers have a succession of matches that will inform us much about their durability at that which we must now call a name race. Three points separate the top 4 clubs at the midway stage. How long it lasts is a moot point – Celtic remain hot favourites – but in the here and today there’s a chase on without a doubt.

Their travails have been mostly on the road while in the Premiership this season. They’ve experienced a flakiness in Livingston, Motherwell and Dundee – where they should be winning – and it’s hurt them.

IE]>Andy Halliday