Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield believes the previous two Old Firm games show that the Light Blues have the right mentality and are closing the gap on their bitter rivals.

Steven Gerrard’s side won at Ibrox in December before individual errors cost them at least a point when the sides met again at Celtic Park last month.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Scott Arfield of Rangers scores his team's first goal during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland.

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The Canada international admits that the focus will be on the points gap between the two but is confident that performances show the Gers are heading in the right direction.

“People are going to talk about how many points Celtic have won the league by this year, but I think it’s very evident in the last two games, particularly the one at Parkhead, that the mentality was there,” Arfield told Sky Sports.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29:Scott Arfield of Rangers vies with Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor of Celtic during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“It was a mistake for us from a personal point of view and, if that mistake doesn’t happen, we dominated that game for large periods.

 

“And the game at Ibrox, which we dominated for the full 90 minutes, duly shows that we’re on course for something here.”

With eleven points separating the sides in the league, the Gers need to find a higher level of consistency to challenge Celtic.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates at the final whistle as Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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On their day, there’s no doubt they are a match for their bitter rivals but have let themselves down too many times against other sides.

Things are heading the right way but with Celtic on the brink of eight-in-a-row, there’s no room for mistakes next season.

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