Rangers find themselves in unfamiliar territory at the moment.
After years of playing catch up to Celtic following the club’s liquidation a few years ago, the time since has been spent rebuilding the capabilities of the squad in the hope of recapturing past glories.
With Sunday’s Old Firm win over the Hoops, they are now within touching distance of doing just that.
Of course, there is still a long way to go in this league campaign, but to go into the winter break just two points behind the Bhoys with a game in hand, it’s fair to say that the advantage rests with Steven Gerrard’s men in the title race.
But according to Steven Pressley, who started his senior career with the Gers but also played for Celtic, the impact of their win at Parkhead will mean a lot more than just a narrowing of a gap at the top.
Speaking to the Daily Record, he said: “Sunday was a massive psychological boost for Rangers.
“I go back to Hearts in 2005/06 and we had a top of the table clash with Celtic at Tynecastle over the festive period – we were 2-0 up but lost the game 3-2 and that was a huge psychological advantage to Celtic winning at our ground.
“We could have gone to within a point of them that day at a key time of the season but Celtic kicked on and I don’t think we ever recovered.
“That’s why I think Sunday was such a huge result for Rangers.
“I actually think Rangers will win the league.”
This is a big claim from Pressley, but let’s be honest, on the basis of Sunday’s outing, why couldn’t it happen?
From the first whistle to the last, the Gers outfought, outplayed, and outwitted the most dominant side of the past decade, and if they can keep up that kind of form after the winter break then they will be a huge force to be reckoned with.
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