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Alex McLeish has praised the mentality of the Rangers squad after they battled to a 1-0 win over Celtic in the Old Firm derby.

The Bears weren’t at their usual best at Ibrox but managed to take home the three points after a Callum McGregor own-goal in the second half.

McLeish claimed that Rangers have shown a different side in this campaign, and would have lost some of these tight games last season.


Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Absolutely, I felt immediately that they’ve now shown a steely part of their game that they perhaps didn’t have the last couple of seasons.

“Let’s face it, some of these recent games, they probably would have dropped points in these last season, and certainly, Celtic of last season probably would have won that game.

“Rangers have flushed out the squad now, to a degree, and mentality wise, they’re able to withstand these games now.”


McLeish is spot on.

The main thing about this is that Rangers continue their form past the Old Firm victory, which is something they didn’t do last season.

After the 2-1 victory at Parkhead, Steven Gerrard’s men crumbled and lost stupid games such as the one against the relegated Hearts.

With tough games coming up against the likes of Aberdeen, this is now the perfect time to show that this is one of the better Gers sides we’ve seen in years.

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