Outspoken Scottish football pundit Michael Stewart was surprisingly complimentary of Rangers and Steven Gerrard in the aftermath of the club’s 2-0 win over Celtic.
The Gers enjoyed complete domination of their Old Firm rivals on their own patch as they stretched their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to four points.
Speaking via BBC Scotland, Stewart believes that Rangers deserve every credit for the performance and challenged the Ibrox side to find some consistency.
“Credit must go to Rangers,” said Stewart.
“They forced Celtic to play in the middle of the park, keeping them in a defensive area, shutting off all their attacking lines while narrowing the pitch. And Celtic played right into their hands.
“Gerrard’s side are in a very good place, they are in a rhythm and a shape. They have worked on this for a number of years and you can see they look comfortable.
“The challenge now is to make sure they keep that consistency.
“Saturday’s win leaves them four points clear. And, with Celtic playing in the Scottish Cup at the start of next month, Rangers have a good opportunity to get points on the board, open a bigger gap and create a mentality where they are comfortable at the summit.
“That will ramp up the pressure on Celtic, as there is a possibility that when the second Old Firm game comes around Rangers could be substantially ahead with the opportunity to extend even further.
“They will believe that they can do that. It is a very good position for them to be in, whereas Celtic have all the questions to answer.”
Ordinarily super critical of all things Rangers, Stewart’s complimentary comments may come as a surprise to some.
But they’re evidence of the resounding performance Steven Gerrard’s side put in against Celtic with even the most critical pundits holding their hands up ad conceding Rangers outclassed their rivals.