As Rangers eked out a 1-0 victory over Celtic at Ibrox to go 19 points clear in the Scottish Premiership, if you listened closely, you’d hear faint cries of Champions.

Not only is the points gap insurmountable to many – including a considerable section of our rival’s support – but this was a victory very much befitting the ultimate of football cliches.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will relish the victory over Celtic but will be well aware attention must now turn to Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Wins like this are the mark of champions they say, getting results over the line when you don’t play well is a sure-fire sign of trophy glory.

But forgive me for refusing to indulge too much in the long-term implications of the result whilst I enjoy the glory of inflicting a defeat on Celtic which they’ve done to us so many times recently.

Rangers were under the cosh for much of this match but – despite grovelling praise of Celtic’s performance – weren’t really tested beyond the half hour mark.

Celtic’s juice ran dry as their eventual 10 men began to somewhat lose the head but as well as our rivals played in parts of the match, Rangers defended stoutly.

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It wasn’t quite the mismatch some would have you believe but out of the two sides Celtic certainly edged it. Well, at least in terms of performance.

But for me – whilst there were celebrations aplenty over the result – I don’t care much for overindulging in title glory before we’ve got both hands on the trophy.

 

Over the course of the last decade we’ve seen poorer Rangers sides capitulate in the final furlong whilst fans have celebrated breaking the trophy duck early.

We’ve seen it once already this season.

Whilst Rangers are in an extraordinary position even at this early stage – and have been mightily consistent throughout – the league is not over until it’s over.

Until James Tavernier hoists that blue ribbon adorned trophy above his head Rangers must keep their mettle and take full advantage.

Lose to Aberdeen at Pittodrie next weekend whilst Celtic beat Hibs and suddenly the momentum swings – all this naive celebrating comes under the microscope and heaps the pressure on the club.

Rangers are not Champions, until they are Champions.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Rangers and their fans have earned the right to celebrate that slap-in-the-face victory over Celtic, but any premature celebrations over the title should be shelved until we’ve made them a reality.

This hasn’t stopped some Rangers fans prematurely celebrating a title victory, as the club’s supporters goaded their Celtic rivals in the immediate aftermath of the result.

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