With Glasgow Rangers winning both Ibrox games against Celtic this season, it shows that the Light Blues can go toe-to-toe with the Scottish champions next term.
After a 2-0 win at the weekend, it’s the first time since being ejected from the top league that the Gers have succeeded in taking six points off Celtic.
It was a highly charged Rangers performance on Sunday with skill, determination and desire shown against their bitter Old Firm rivals. Celtic had no answer.
Completely outplayed, outfought and out of form on the day, they didn’t look like the champions of Scotland.
The Rangers fans want Neil Lennon to stay as manager. His team were inept and only managed one shot for Wes Fotheringham to save in 92 minutes of play.
The easy 2-0 victory over an average Celtic side reduced the lead at the top of the table to six points, proving that Gerrard is definitely making progress this season.
Rangers scored within two minutes with a clever, deceptive James Tavernier free-kick, which missed Connor Goldson’s head and flew into the net.
There wasn’t much Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain could do to stop it, as it flashed past him when nobody applied a final touch.
Gerrard’s Rangers set about Celtic’s defence from the start by attempting to win their sixth game in a row and stop a Hoops winning run.
Man of the match Scott Arfield secured the Rangers win midway through the second half, after a few brilliant passing moves from midfield and a polished finish.
With Rangers winning comfortably, it has thrown down a marker for next year.
This win will help to convince Gerrard and the blue half of Glasgow that they can finally end Celtic’s domination of silverware next season.
Rangers’ frequent attacking moves on Celtic’s goal allowed the Ibrox faithful to enjoy an atmosphere reminiscent of the good old days, just like the result.
A really powerful display from every Rangers player was the difference that blew the Hoops away. Lennon’s team had no answer to the quick passes.
Kristoffer Ajer made contact with Jermain Defoe in the box, but the striker tried to make too much of the challenge with a theatrical fall. The referee rightly played on.
On 77 minutes, a fine pass from Ryan Kent released Defoe, but Bain produced a good save to avoid an embarrassing third goal.
The Rangers midfield was superb throughout with Glen Kamara, Ryan Jack, Steven Davis and Arfield running the show and linking up dangerously with Defoe and Kent up front.
Celtic were never in control of the match, as Rangers made them look very ordinary and completely out-of-sorts.