Rangers hero Nikica Jelavic believes that a win this afternoon at Pittodrie would leave Steven Gerrard’s side with “one hand” on the Scottish Premiership title.
The Gers can go 22 points clear of Celtic ahead of them facing Hibs tomorrow and Jelavic admits it is “incredible” that Rangers are so close to their first title in a decade.
The Croatian striker insists players shouldn’t need any “special motivation” against Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen this afternoon and knows the Light Blues are in for a “difficult” shift.
“If we beat Aberdeen, Rangers will be close to that first title in 10 years, which is incredible,” Jelavic said [Sunday Mail]
“It’s such an important game. It doesn’t matter that we are 19 points ahead in the table.
“We have to take every game seriously until this title is secured.
“Hopefully we can win on Sunday and finally put one hand on the trophy.
“In these games against Aberdeen, the players shouldn’t need any special motivation. Historically for Rangers it’s always difficult going to Aberdeen. They make it hard for you and we all know about the rivalry between the two clubs.”
With 14 wins from their last 14 league games, Rangers will be confident going into today’s game in the Granite City as they look to close in on the title.
The Dons haven’t been in great form lately so if the Gers can exploit that, there’s no reason at all why they shouldn’t come away with the three points.
Every passing game is a step closer to the title for Rangers now though and going 22 points clear only adds to the pressure on Celtic in the title race.
Rangers will now have the opportunity to go 22 points clear in the title race v Aberdeen but any talk of title celebrations should be shelved until the club actually wins it.