By Ray Livingstone

15th Oct, 2019 | 2:48pm

Rangers top Celtic in Global Club Soccer Rankings

Yet more good news for Rangers fans this week as Steven Gerrard’s men have powered above Celtic in the Global Club Soccer Rankings. 

US statistician Nate Silver has used a predictive model to rank 629 clubs around the world, and Rangers sit in 79th spot, a full 17 places above rivals Celtic.

It also puts Rangers above Premier League Aston Villa, as well as Bologna, Galatasaray and Marseille.

The model is based on a revised version of ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI), a rating system originally devised by Nate Silver in 2009.

It’s based on a team’s overall strength, with Rangers getting a 2.0 rating for offence and a 1.1 for defence for an overall rating of 65.8. Both Rangers strikers, Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe are on fire at the moment.

Celtic come off worse in both categories with scores of 1.8 and 1.0 for an overall rating of 63.8.

Who are we to argue with such a successful statistician?

Man City are right at the top of the pile, followed by Bayern Munich, Liverpool and PSG.

Rangers are also top of the Premiership as well and while Gerrard needs silverware for validation, and to win the league to get Champions League football back at Ibrox, this is more proof that everything is moving in the right direction.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson wants Rangers to make £2m move in January