Former Livingston manager Gary Holt has admitted that ‘it is going to be hard’ for Celtic to catch Rangers this season.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Holt believes that Rangers have done enough this season to go on and win the title, saying: “I think it’s going to be hard for Celtic to catch them. The thing for me, looking at Saturday from the outside, Motherwell get the goal and are ahead for a long spell, you’re thinking is this the knock-on from the cup game? Is this the game where they suddenly lose that dominance they’ve had?

“But to show that quality and desire to go long in the game and score late goals is something they’ve been showing game after game and it’s testament to Steven and the team and the players that they keep going and are relentless.”

By beating Motherwell 3-1 on Saturday, Steven Gerrard’s men extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to 16 points.

With Celtic in League Cup action, the Hoops now have three games in hand on the league leaders, but crucially, Rangers have their points on the board.

Motherwell victory the perfect message

Going into the game against Motherwell, questions were rightly being asked of this Rangers squad after such an abject performance against St Mirren.

Jordan Campbell of The Athletic claimed the defeat had the potential to ‘unravel’ things for Rangers this season, while Graeme McGarry questioned the squad’s mentality in the Glasgow Times.

Having gone unbeaten in all competitions up until that point, the game against Motherwell was the first time the players had to respond.

The game did not get off to the best start, but to score three goals in the second half to round off an emphatic victory will have fans dreaming.

Gerrard played down suggestions the title was sealed after the game, but with performances like that, no.55 is surely not far away.

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