As the Scottish Premiership title race heats up, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted that it’s impossible to ignore our cross-city rivals.
The Ibrox gaffer was speaking as Celtic cast Livingston aside 4-0 at Parkhead to increase the eastend club’s goal difference and advantage at the top of the league.
Gerrard has previously spoken about every goal being a prisoner, and he admits that it’s nigh on impossible to ignore the results of the Parkhead side.
“It’s impossible to forget the Celtic score, we’ll always be aware of their result,” said Gerrard [Daily Record].
“But it’s vital you focus on your own job and what you can control.
“At the start of the last group of fixtures, we had a 15-minute period at Hearts when we were slow out of the blocks. And it cost us.
“That’s the reason we just have to concentrate on ourselves.”
Rangers and Celtic remain locked in the closest title challenge since the events of 2012 saw the Ibrox side cast to the bottom division of Scottish football.In the space of 15 months, Steven Gerrard has helped revolutionise Rangers on and off the field and his appointment has sent a rupture through Scottish football.
Whilst the Gers gaffer will admit to having one eye on the progress of our Old Firm rivals, his focus will be squarely on Rangers as the club looks to mount a tangible title challenge.