Former Rangers defender Gregory Vignal thinks the title race could go down to the very last day and repeat some of the incredible league finales of the past after the Gers overtook bitter rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Celtic’s surprise defeat away to Livingston gave Steven Gerrard’s side the chance to go two points clear with a win over Hamilton – which they grabbed with both hands as they thrashed Accies 5-0 to surge clear at the top.

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 20: Rangers' Gregory Vignal celebrates his goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Glasgow Rangers on February 20, 2005, at Celtic Park, Glasgow Scotland. Rangers won the game 0-2.

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Vignal admits there is still a “long, long way to go” in the title race and expects both sides to be neck and neck all the way to the end of the season.

“We’ve just had a good weekend for the fans, who love being at the top of the league, but there is still a long, long way to go,” Vignal said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Sometimes it’s nice to have a break as there has been a big demand on the players recently.

“We have only played eight games and the season is so long. The winter will be difficult. It’s never easy here and that’s why I say winning the title in Scotland is really, really tough because you have to be very good every week.

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“Celtic dropped points at the weekend and we won so everyone is up because we’re at the top of the league. That’s the way it works and it will be like this all the way, maybe even until the last day again.

“It will be a tough season but it’s really good for Scottish football because we have shown Rangers are strong again. It’s perfect for the country and good for fans, who give players such excitement and spirit.”

With the international break taking place just now, Gerrard’s squad will have a chance to recharge their batteries before a crucial run of games.

Gregory VIGNAL - 11.08.2008 - Vannes / Lens - 2eme journee de Ligue 2,

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The trip to Tynecastle in the first game back will be a decent test – despite the Jambos form – and Gerrard’s side needs to put together a similar run of form to what followed the last international break.

If the title does go down to the last day of the season, Rangers will surely be more confident with a far better record when it goes tot he wire than their Old Firm rivals.

 

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