As Rangers took one step closer to the title, desperate Celtic fans had to watch on as we eked our sixth 1-0 victory of the Scottish Premiership season.

Rangers’ success this campaign has been built on a solid defence and a relentless attack against what is regularly two banks of five, as was the case v the Saints.

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Another victory on the road to 55 for Steven Gerrard and his Rangers backroom staff. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s been efficient, industrious, creative and determined – Rangers having shades of everything Steven Gerrard was as a player.

But whilst the most moonhowlery of those amongst the Celtic support will point to Kemar Roofe’s non-red card as further evidence of a masonic conspiracy, Rangers fans won’t care.

This isn’t a title race – it’s a title procession.

And for all the whining, moaning, irritable tweeting and commentating, the angry hordes of Celtic supporters and those with green-tinted specs in the media – who’ve seen their once all-conquering side reduced to Europe’s laughing stock – won’t get a single jot of sympathy from any right-minded Rangers supporter.

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To use the parlance of the West of Scotland – get it up them.

This is a club and support who far from just watch on and laugh at Rangers’ financial collapse, exerted continued pressure on our very existence, built campaigns on half-truths and wild conspiracies to have us kept down and indulged in a collective jig on our “grave” before the soil had even set.

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Rangers striker Kemar Roofe was lucky to only see yellow in the second red card incident in a week concerning Ibrox forwards. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was the most self-indulgent era in Scottish football’s history and not a single one of them missed the opportunity to turn the screw.

 

For Rangers fans, this is and always has been about us – going for 55 was the chant, 10IAR a scenario that wasn’t even entertained let alone visualised, talked down instead of humoured.

But for them, this was the Holy Grail – some of them even called it that – and a near decade of complete dominance will hilariously go down as an inglorious failure.

10IAR is all that mattered – don’t let them try and convince you otherwise – and the reasons for that are just as concerned with Rangers as they are with Celtic.

Ten would’ve meant nothing if they couldn’t lord it over us.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will haunt the dreams of Celtic fans for years to come. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And it’s in that quest – driven by an inferiority complex to the boys in blue – that they have failed oh, so, miserably and in the minds of their fans shattered the illusion of the last nine years.

I hope that jelly and ice cream was nice bhoys and ghirls, because the scenes of our revenge are proving to be a whole lot sweeter than we could have ever imagined.

Rangers’ win over St. Johnstone brings the Gers within 17 points of 55 – here’s how the players rated in the match.

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