Strong form in November put Rangers in a position to reach the SPL’s summit this month. Yet, despite getting there twice, they have been knocked off top spot almost immediately on both occasions.

While Celtic are their main title rivals, Kilmarnock have also produced a good showing so far.

They are currently just one point behind the Gers in third place.

Celtic’s immaculate home form is a big factor. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Statistics published today by Record Sport Online, show Rangers to still be some way off where they need to be.

In a comparison between the three main title challengers, the Gers were shown to have the worst record against the top 6 sides in the league.

The Gers lost 1-0 to fourth-played Aberdeen at the beginning of the month. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

They have accumulated just eleven points from eight matches against those teams. That’s an average of  just under 1.4 a game.

Contrastingly, Celtic have 16 points from their eight games in the sample. That works out at a much healthier 2 points per game.

Unfortunately for the Gers, Killie have a superior record too. They have played a game more and have gathered 14 points at an average of just over 1.5 points a fixture.

Kilmarnock have been more consistent than Rangers against the stronger teams. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Clearly, this is an area in which Rangers need to improve. While the gap between their record and Killie’s is minor, the same can’t be said in a comparison with Celtic.

In order to have a chance of staying in contention, Rangers have to beat the teams around them with greater regularity.

Otherwise, their title challenge will inevitably fade away.

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