Former Rangers player Andy Halliday has revealed that the objective of the club was always to stop Celtic from winning 10 Premiership titles in a row.
The Gers were crowned champions today after Celtic failed to win against Dundee United. It’s the 55th time they’ve topped the pile and comes after 10 seasons of heartache.
Speaking to Clyde 1 Superscoreboard [17.30], Halliday claimed he’s delighted for the club and the fans after their journey back to the top. He said: “It’s been a long, hard 10 years. They’ve supported the club up and down the country and around Europe in their darkest days.
“They deserve this more than anyone. If you were sat there telling me they’d announce Rangers champions on March 7 at the start of the season, I’d have said absolutely no chance.
“Even when I came into the club in 2015 the message always was to stop 10 in a row. I can’t be happier for them, I’m absolutely delighted for the club.
“It’s been a long, long journey for these Rangers fans. Their loyalty has been tested more than ever, and they’ve stuck by the club through thick and thin.”
A monumental victory
The 3-0 victory for Steven Gerrard’s men at home to St Mirren proved to be enough. Rangers now have a 20 point lead over Celtic in second place and are the champions with six games still to play.
It’s without a doubt the most remarkable Scottish title victory in history. Gerrard has written himself into Rangers folk-law for eternity by delivering their 55th Premiership title.
All the while, he stopped Celtic from going 10 titles in a row. What a formidable side Rangers have been this season. This is the earliest Scottish title win in chronological terms. Just the two goals conceded at Ibrox all season, despite there being no fans in attendance, is a huge testament to the spirit of the squad.
What a journey its been. In the bottom tier of Scottish football as recently as 2012 after going into financial ruin, to be crowned champions without losing a game (so far). Not a single defeat has been suffered in the league or in Europe this season. It truly is the stuff of dreams.
It gets better still for Rangers fans. The first match as champions? A clash with Celtic. The Old Firm game at Celtic Park, with every chance of a guard of honour. Victory never tasted as sweet as this.
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