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Alex McLeish has claimed the Scottish Premiership title race is “never over” despite Rangers extending their lead to 19 points over Celtic.

The Bears struggled to another victory on Saturday over their fierce-rivals, as they once again proved their title credentials with a battling performance.

McLeish’s view appears to have been shared with the Rangers staff and squad, who have reportedly banned talks of the title this season.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It’s never over.

“It is an incredible lead, and as I said, that’s why Steve will be encouraged to keep his foot hard on the accelerator and not let up, because it’s much more empowering when you get to a position like this, then perhaps if you’re the team who is chasing.

“The team who are chasing may say they have nothing to lose so they can relax now, but that’s not the case, because you know the consequences of Old Firm teams losing to each other.”

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This is the perfect attitude for Rangers to have.

Last season, the Bears got carried away and that was proved after yet another win over Celtic when Steven Gerrard was screaming at the camera before going on that losing streak.

Gerrard will be more determined than ever to make the lead even bigger and will want his side to send out another massive message against Aberdeen at Pittodrie this weekend.

In other Rangers news, McLeish praises new-found Gers mentality after Old Firm victory

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