Rangers must take confidence from Celtic battle to win the war
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Rangers must take confidence from Celtic battle to win the war

Rangers may well have lost the battle against Celtic on Sunday, but if the performance proves anything, it’s that they’ve far from lost the war.

Rangers dominated Old Firm rivals Celtic from start to finish and save from some carelessness in front of goal and an immense goalkeeping performance from Fraser Forster, we’d have been worthy winners of the match.

The way Celtic set-up against us is testament to the immense respect our rivals have for our team.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard needs to pick his team up after a crushing defeat in the battle against Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

They do not play like that against anyone else.

Whilst there were nerves aplenty in front of goal on Sunday, we must mature into a more robust, clinical side and understand that it’s there for us if we want it, but we will not be handed in favours in taking it.

The progress Rangers have made in the last 18 months is monumental but you cannot blame supporters for wanting a tangible, credible sign of progress in a trophy.

But, if you’d asked if we’d rather the league title and no other trophy this season, I’d have bitten your hand off.

The Rangers side can take a lot of heart from their performance but we must be more ruthless and clinical going forward. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Securing the Scottish Premiership is what matters and the pain, hurt and performance from Sunday must serve as a catalyst for securing it.

We’ve proven we can more than match Celtic on the pitch. We now need to prove we can do so as winners as well.