Rangers picked up their second consecutive home win over Celtic today with an absolutely dominant 90 minutes at Ibrox – and it proves that the fear factor Celtic once had is well and truly gone.
The Light Blues eased to a 2-0 win through James Tavernier and Scott Arfield’s goals – but really could have been much more comfortable.
After the previous meeting between the sides saw Rangers run their bitter rivals close despite spending an hour with ten men, this one only showed that over 90 minutes the Gers are more than a match for Celtic.
In recent seasons there seemed to be some sort of psychological hurdle that the Rangers players couldn’t get over when it came to facing their city rivals but now, they look just like any other team.
Of course, the Gers still have their own issues to sort out before they can finally get their hands on the league title, but there’s nothing about Celtic now that seems special.
When they were going a full season without losing a domestic game, they had that knack of scoring at times that it would completely deflate their opposition – but that’s gone.
At times when they were far from their best, they would somehow grind out a draw but that’s gone too.
When it comes time to look back at how this season panned out, it’s hard to argue that Rangers cost themselves the title with silly losses in games they really shouldn’t be losing.
Next season though, if they can sort that out then a title challenge is well and truly on.
If it comes down to which half of the Old Firm can get the better of the other then, on this season’s evidence, then 55 could happen sooner rather than later.