Glasgow Rangers may have failed to overtake Celtic since their return to the Scottish Premiership but Ibrox cult hero Pieter Huistra reckons Steven Gerrard’s side will be ahead of the Parkhead side in the next two to three years.
Rangers returned to the top flight of Scottish football in 2016 and, while the first couple of years were always going to be a work in progress, Gerrard’s arrival in 2018 led to hopes of the Light Blues being able to once again challenge for the title.
While the Gers have improved hugely since Gerrard took the reins at Ibrox, they fell short last season, while this term, a major downturn in form on the domestic front helped leave Neil Lennon’s side in pole position for another Scottish treble prior to the football suspension.
However, former Rangers and Netherlands winger Huistra has told the Glasgow Evening Times that the Light Blues have improved year-on-year, are currently the closest they’ve been to Celtic in eight years, and are bound to eclipse their rivals soon enough.
“Every year Rangers have improved a little bit,” said the Dutchman. “They are closer to Celtic now than they have been in eight years. Within two or three years they will be past Celtic again.”
While Rangers have become stronger with each passing season and have shown they have what it takes to beat Celtic on the pitch, they’ve been left wanting when it comes to the marathon of the domestic season.
When 2020 rolled in, there were genuine fears from many Celtic fans about this being the season they would come unstuck, but while they’ve been relentless in dispatching of opponents after coming back from the winter break, Rangers have fallen over far too many hurdles after the restart.
That said, the current side’s mental strength is just another issue that Rangers will have to iron out in the coming years, and there’s no reason why they can’t eventually get it right and get their hands on title number 55 – after all, it took Liverpool several years under Jurgen Klopp before he finally got his hands on silverware.