Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish admits that this season’s title race reminds him of the title going to the last day twice when he was in charge – and thinks it shows how important results can be at any stage of the campaign.
Eck won the title twice in last-day thrillers and thinks this season could see a repeat with Rangers and Celtic level-pegging so far.
McLeish admits Rangers winning games they aren’t playing well in is a big positive for Steven Gerrard’s side and admits “one slip” could make all the difference.
“I know Rangers didn’t play particularly well but it is a positive that they are winning games in those situations because last year they might have dropped points in matches like that,” McLeish said, as quoted by The Herald.
“It is making for a very tight title race. It reminds me of the two title wins I had in my days there when they went to the final day on both occasions. It looks like it could go right to the wire this season as well.
“I always remember when we drew the first game at Rugby Park and Celtic won and the Press on the Sunday were saying that the league was finished! It can only take one slip and the other team can win and you saw in those seasons what the margins were.
“We won the first one on goal difference and then Helicopter Sunday was a massive twist on the last day so it shows how important every game and every result is, even at this stage of the season.”
With both sides facing a hectic run of games over the coming five weeks, there could be a very different look to the table by the time the winter break starts.
Grinding wins out has been something Rangers have struggled with in recent seasons but they finally look to have that extra little bit needed to push games over the line.
Keeping that going is utterly vital though and getting to the end of December without slipping up will be massive for Gerrard’s side.