James Forrest has been quoted by The Scotsman as saying that Rangers have improved from this time last year, as Steven Gerrard’s men sit at the top of the Scottish Premiership – above Celtic.
Rangers leapfrogged Celtic to the Scottish Premiership summit before the international break, beating Hamilton with ease at Ibrox 5-0. Meanwhile, Neil Lennon’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to Livingston, after Ryan Christie was sent off.
Gerrard’s men have got themselves into the Europa League group stages for a second time this season, while the light Blue slook more solid at the back – and Rangers have a calmer Alfredo Morelos, and Jermain Defoe on fire.
Celtic star Forrest, who has been in stunning form once again this season with seven goals and nine assists in 18 matches, was complimentary about Rangers – claiming they have improved from this point 12 months ago.
“It’s a bit strange not being at the top because it’s around ten months since that was last the case but it keeps us on our toes,” Forrest said. “We know that if we slip up, Rangers are winning regularly so it’s vital that we beat Ross County on Saturday.”
TBR’s view – Can Celtic reclaim top spot of Rangers?
Rangers have a nice run of league games coming up, travelling to Tynecastle to take on a struggling Hearts on Sunday before home games against Motherwell and St. Johnstone and a trip to newly-promoted Ross County.
Rangers will be disappointed not to pick up 12 points from those matches. Celtic’s fixtures might be deemed slightly harder, with a trip to Aberdeen at the end of the month while Livingston come to town on November 23.
Both Rangers and Celtic should pick up wins from all of their matches, but it will be whoever slips up that loses out.