Former Rangers star Derek Ferguson has claimed that the title race is over after the Gers’ flopped against Kilmarnock last night, losing 2-1 at Rugby Park.

With Celtic winning 5-0 against Hearts, the gap at the top of the table was extended to ten points and Ferguson thinks Rangers will find it “very hard” to catch them.

1986: Derek Ferguson #7 of Rangers tries to take the ball away from McGhee #6 of Celtic during the Skol Cup final match in Scotland. Rangers won the match 2-1. Mandatory Credit:

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The former Rangers midfielder questioned whether Rangers’ players thought they’d done enough by beating Celtic twice as he admitted the Gers have lost their “intensity.”

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“Billy [Dodds] mentioned intensity; they had that before the break,” Ferguson told BBC Sportsound.

“Is it a case that the players think because they had two good performances against Celtic, that’s enough?

“Well it ain’t. And Billy says he doesn’t think the title race is over. I think it is. I don’t think Rangers will be able to claw that back because I watched a side [Celtic] tonight that, I don’t think they were at their best, and they’ve absolutely skelped Hearts 5-0.

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“They play at times with an intensity that no other team in Scotland can match and it’s going to be very hard for Rangers.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 29: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Ross County at Ibrox Stadium on January 29, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Ferguson – just 16 years and 24 days old when he made his Rangers bow in 1983 – won two league titles and three League Cups during his time at Ibrox, as well as seeing brother Barry carve his name into the club’s folklore.

With a clash against Livingston this weekend, the Gers will have a chance to get the defeat by Kilmarnock out of their systems – but need a favour from Celtic to get back into the title race.

 

 

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