Rangers going top of the Scottish Premiership would be a huge deal for the club in more ways than one.

Steven Gerrard’s men face Hearts in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday at Tynecastle. Three points in the capital would cement the club’s place back at the top of the Premiership.

Granted, this is only because Celtic have a Betfred Cup final match against Aberdeen to look forward to this weekend. The way the calendar has fallen has allowed Rangers to strike, however, and they simply must take it.

Rangers have been clinical this season when given an opportunity to strike (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers’ side are highly likely to win the Betfred Cup this weekend. They’ll celebrate it and rightfully so, but in truth, it’ll frustrate them seeing Rangers at the top of the Premiership.


Considering the fact we’re going to be into December come Sunday, it can no longer be considered a freak incident. It’s different when you’re leading the table after three or four games into the season.

A huge chance that has to be taken

Come this Sunday, however, Rangers will have played 14 fixtures, over a third of their Premiership rounds. They’re getting closer and closer to having everyone believe that there’s a genuine title-challenge on, and a win on Sunday would be a step closer to that.

There’s still an arrogance about Celtic fans over whether Rangers are truly back. Many simply don’t want to believe it, and continue to believe their side will end up running away with the league title in the end.

Gerrard’s Rangers could topple Celtic thanks to the clash in competitions (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whilst that could very well be the case, Rangers aren’t showing any signs of falling behind the way they have done in recent years.

Last season, Rangers were already nine points behind Celtic at this stage. The season before that? Seven points having played two games more. Now, however, they could top the table. What more evidence do you want that things have improved in Govan this term?

Added to that, Celtic can’t catch-up on their game in-hand until the New Year. Such is the hectic nature of the Premiership card this month, both sides will play on the same round of fixtures for the rest of the year.

It gives Rangers a huge chance to build some form of lead over Rodgers’ side for the first time in years. What a blow that would be to Rangers’ rivals.

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