Former Ibrox striker Kris Boyd believes Rangers could well end up getting their second win of the season over Celtic on Sunday.
The Gers host their Old Firm rivals this weekend in the penultimate round of league fixtures, with Celtic already earning their crown as champions once again.
Steven Gerrard’s sit have secured second in the table and are nine points adrift of the title winners.
The Light Blues did manage to beat Celtic back in December when it looked like they may launch an unlikely title challenge, but results have been too inconsistent since.
It’s a big chance on Sunday for Rangers to lay down a marker to show they can compete next year.
Boyd believes the Gers have improved over the course of the season and are no longer a soft touch.
“There is no doubt they (Rangers) have progressed under Gerrard, they are no longer a soft touch. I wouldn’t bet against them getting their second win over Celtic,” Boyd wrote in the Scottish Sun.
Rangers may not quite look the same soft touch anymore, but in their last meeting with Celtic they got schooled and the experience showed.
Gerrard’s team need to become a bit more streetwise if they are serious about silverware next season and that has to start at the weekend.
There are a number of talented individuals in the group at Ibrox, but they still look just a couple of quality players short from catching Ibrox.
They have shown they can match Celtic in a one-off match, but the real question is doing it over an entire year.