Speaking to Sky Sports, former Rangers defender Richard Foster has labelled Steven Gerrard’s side as Premiership title favourites ahead of Celtic.
The Gers have started the season excellently and are now the only unbeaten club in the top tiers of Scottish and English football, while the Hoops have lost their way in recent weeks.
Rangers triumphed 2-0 in the first Old Firm of the season at Parkhead last weekend, before Celtic slipped up again at Pittodrie on Sunday, with the Light Blues then capitalising by defeating Livingston at Ibrox.
“I think so,” Foster told Sky Sports when asked if his former club were now favourites. “I know they haven’t gone the course yet and I know the last nine seasons it has been Celtic and Celtic know how to get over the line but there’s a big difference in what we’re seeing on the pitch from both teams.”
“Rangers are playing with such confidence…there seems to be a steeliness about them this season. There’s a different feel to them when you watch them.
“It’s almost an arrogance that when they’re playing, they know how good they are. They’re playing with such confidence and it’s such free-flowing football that I think, at the moment, they are favourites.”
Foster labels Rangers as Premiership title favourites ahead of Celtic – Verdict
Rangers have started the season strongly and have impressed many in the last week or so in particular, by securing three consecutive 2-0 wins.
The defence has been rock solid and the goals are being shared across the squad. With few injury problems at Ibrox and Celtic stuttering, things are certainly looking up for Steven Gerrard.
Furthermore, with Celtic in Scottish Cup semi-final action next weekend, there will be a chance for Rangers to extend their current lead to nine points with a win at Rugby Park.
However, things can change very quickly, and a defeat for the Gers in Ayrshire would see the Hoops only six points behind with two games in hand.
Rangers are undoubtedly the form team in Scotland but the title race is only just getting started and it’s likely there’ll be plenty of twists and turns between now and May.