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Tommy Wright makes interesting claim about Rangers' title-chances

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has drawn the battle lines with Rangers ahead of their huge clash with each other on Sunday.

The Gers go into the game having won just one of their last four. Steven Gerrard’s men could be four points behind by the time they face St Johnstone, or could have the chance to leapfrog Celtic into first depending on Saturday’s results.

The clash at McDiarmid Park is going to be a battle, with Saints undoubtedly going to try and make it physical. Wright’s men come into the match after just losing their eight-game unbeaten run to Motherwell last weekend.

Tommy Wright’s view on the title-race is an interesting one (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Regardless, Wright has decided to open up on Rangers’ title-chances. Speaking ahead of the clash, he had an interesting observation to make despite the fact that Rangers are right in the mix.

“I’ve got to say Celtic, on the back of what they’ve achieved in recent years, will still be favourites.

“The acid test in terms of the title race will be the Old Firm game – psychologically, Rangers have to get over that hurdle.

“I know there has been an occasion in the past when one half of the Old Firm have won the title while being in a points deficit in games against the other but psychologically, for Rangers to be a real force, they need to win in the league over Celtic.”

Is Wright really right?

Rangers certainly don’t plan on losing three Old Firm games between now and the end of the season, but is it accurate to dismiss them as contenders until they get one over Celtic?

Only last night the Gers were top of the league. They have been twice in several weeks now. That’s despite the fact they’ve still to beat Celtic in over two-and-a-half years.

Josh Windass got a lot of stick two years ago when he said Rangers could win the league without beating Celtic. It came off as defeatist, and Rangers ultimately failed to beat their rivals in that campaign.

Steven Gerrard will have his eye on getting one over on Celtic (Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

There’s no denying, however, that there’s a psychological barrier there that Rangers have to overcome this season. They’ll have their eyes on the 29th of December as their big chance to get over it.

But it’s foolish to dismiss Rangers until they do. With Celtic stumbling all over the place away from Parkhead, there will be plenty of occasions this season where Gerrard’s men will make ground on their rivals.

So whilst Rangers are still itching for that win over Celtic, it’s unfair to discount them from the title-race until they do.

 

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