By Sam Stone

17th Sep, 2022 | 10:40am

Tam McManus: If Rangers drop points again before January the title is gone

Tam McManus believes the Scottish Premiership will be over unless Rangers win every single game from now until they face Celtic at the start of January.

The Gers sit five points behind their Old Firm rivals at present after losing 4-0 at Parkhead in their last domestic fixture.

McManus feels Celtic are likely to win every match from now until the new year and says Rangers will need a perfect record before the two sides meet again.

“I think they’ve got to be perfect now and win every single game up until 2 January because I think Celtic win every game, I really do,” McManus said [talking on the PLZ Football Show, 21:08, 16 September].

“I think Celtic are so strong at the minute because of their strength in depth. It’s now up to Rangers to stay in their coat-tails because if they go seven or ten points behind the league is done and I don’t see them clawing that back.”

Some task

The gap to Celtic can’t get any bigger than it is at the moment for Rangers and with their Champions League hopes now hanging by a thread, domestic honours look like their best route to any success this season.

One potential bonus for Rangers is Celtic looking more likely to continue their European campaign beyond the end of this year, with the Hoops very much in contention to snatch second or third spot in their group.

Rangers’ 2021/22 season was a good example of how European commitments can impact a league campaign, with Celtic overtaking Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side to regain the league title.

The events of last year should give Rangers hope heading into a run of domestic fixtures, and a home game against Dundee United looks like the ideal opportunity for the Light Blues to really regain some confidence and form.

If the Gers perform anything like they did on Wednesday evening against the Serie A leaders then they will have far too much for The Terrors.

In other Rangers news, the poor form has seemingly sparked the club into the free agent market and this former England international is on the radar.