Rangers stretched their lead in the SPFL to 19 points after beating Celtic last Saturday, but Walter Smith believes there is still a long way to go in the title race.

The former Gers boss told the Scottish Sun that there are a lot of games left, and given their games in hand Celtic are only ten points behind in reality.

Smith knows what it takes to succeed in the SPFL, winning the title on 10 occasions while at Ibrox.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, he said, “Rangers should take it that they have got a ten-point lead.

“If you’d have said to anybody at Ibrox they would have that sort of lead at this stage they would have said, ‘Right, that’s brilliant, we’ll take that’.

“Rangers would be delighted to be ten points in front at this present moment.

“But they can still appreciate that they have a lot of football to play before they win the title.

“Rangers have won another Old Firm game, but they are away from home at Pittodrie and Easter Road this month.

“There is plenty of football to be played and that’s not managerial caution when I say that. It’s a fact.”

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Room for optimism

Smith knows how close a title race can be, having thrown away the chance to win eight in a row.

Rangers’ two defeats in their final four league games in 1997/98 meant the Bhoys pipped them to the championship by two points, so Smith is understandably not getting ahead of himself.

After all, Steven Gerrard’s men ended the last campaign with just four wins in nine league games.

The fact they remain unbeaten in the league tells a different story, though.

And Rangers should be untroubled by the likes of Motherwell, Ross County and St. Johnstone over the coming weeks.

However, a certain amount of caution is the right way to go and we’re sure that Gerrard isn’t telling his men the title is won.

Headd down, one game at a time will be the message until the title is mathematically in our hands.

In other Rangers news, Ian Durrant claims duo were missed against Celtic.

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