It has often been said by the managers of Glasgow Rangers that being runners up in the league is simply not good enough for the Ibrox club.
This season the fans might have to accept the runners-up berth as good enough for Steven Gerrard and his players, in his first season as Gers manager.
Certainly Rangers are progressing under the English coach, but they are still far too inconsistent if they are expected to keep up the challenge with Celtic.
The Light Blues still have a chance of winning the title, especially if they had managed to win against Kilmarnock last Wednesday.
Rangers finished the first half of the season top of the league on the same points as Celtic after their 1-0 win at Ibrox, then blew it in the next match.
Not many pundits or fans would have predicted that the Gers would have finished the first half of the competition on equal terms with their arch rivals.
However, too many dropped away points have cost Rangers dearly this season.
Rangers failed to win at Aberdeen (1-1), Motherwell (3-3) with two draws and followed those games with a 1-0 loss at Celtic Park, earlier in the campaign.
Then the Gers lost 1-0 at Livingston in September to leave them with only two points from their first four away games, to make it 10 points dropped.
Another setback was followed up with a diabolical 1-1 draw away at Dundee when the Dens Park side were bottom of the league.
Yet another stumble away to Hibernian in a dour 0-0 draw, followed by that disappointing Killie 2-1 loss, after dominating for the first 20 minutes.
You cannot win the league with too few away points gained.
“We have had games and performances where I have expected more,” Gerrard told the Scottish Sun.
“But, I’m also wise enough to know if we get a positive result on Sunday we are still within touching distance.
“I’d be stupid if I said I think I expected us to be top and clear right now.
“But we can’t just be obsessed with Celtic. Kilmarnock and Aberdeen are there for a reason so we can’t be obsessed with one challenge.
“We need to worry about ourselves and get our game right. If we’re concerned with others, we’re losing focus.
“We’re on the back of a poor result that’s damaged us. We need to get back to winning ways. We’ve gone from everything being so positive to playing for 20 minutes. We paid the price for that.
“And if we don’t perform at Livi we might pay a further price. If you’re looking at ambitions of winning the title, every game now is win or bust.
We have to go into them with that cup final mentality. We have to put a run of games together where we find more consistency.
“But it’s definitely an area that we’re looking to improve in and be more consistent. When you analyse it, we’ve gone away and performed well in some games. But in others we haven’t.
“We know we’re good enough to get results so it’s down to them to carry out the correct game-plan and deliver.
“We haven’t got a honeymoon period where the media or fans will give us time to compete. We are in the now. And we need a reaction.”
Sunday’s 3-0 win in the Tony Macaroni Stadium in Livingston was vital for Rangers’ chances of catching Celtic this season.
The Ibrox club have now overtaken Kilmarnock and Aberdeen into second place again, with producing a decent away performance – at last.