By Sam Stone

20th Sep, 2022 | 2:06pm

Charlie Nicholas: Rangers quietly smiling after Celtic defeat v St Mirren

Charlie Nicholas says Rangers will be “quietly smiling” to themselves after Celtic’s 2-0 Scottish Premiership defeat to St Mirren.

The Gers’ 2-1 victory over Dundee United on Saturday means the gap to Ange Postecoglou’s team has been cut to two points just one match after Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were humbled 4-0 at Parkhead.

Nicholas feels that Rangers will feel far better, particularly after taking flack from a number of pundits over the past two weeks.

Writing in his Scottish Daily Express [19 September] column, Nicholas said: “Rangers must be quietly smiling to themselves that they are in this international break just two points behind Celtic after taking stick from all quarters from fans and pundits alike.

“They got a kicking for some of their performances – especially the 4-0 hammerings by Celtic and Ajax – but here they are in a far better position than they could have hoped after St Mirren’s surprise win over Celtic on Sunday.”

Some weekend

It’s amazing what can change in a couple of days in football. Before the weekend’s fixtures, the pressure was really starting to ramp up on Giovanni van Bronckhorst after his side suffered three defeats on the spin.

However, Rangers picking up a scrappy win against Dundee United and Celtic getting deservedly beat at St Mirren suddenly opens the title race back up again. After Celtic’s 4-0 win at Parkhead, it seemed as if they could easily run away with the league this season.

What is crucial for van Bronckhorst is that Rangers keep picking up wins by any means necessary at the moment and hope the performances come soon.

The Light Blues don’t face Celtic until the start of January and if they can stay within range before the Hoops travel to Ibrox then they stand a good chance of overturning their deficit at the top of the table.

The international break has come at a good time with there certainly more of a positive feel around Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, a close-up video clip of disgraceful scenes among the Dundee United fans has emerged from the Gers’ win on Saturday.