The Premier League title race is far from over, BONGANI ZUNGU insists, despite the victory on Saturday placing Rangers 19 points ahead of Celtic.
As Nir Bitton saw red and Celtic’s hopes of a tenth consecutive title at Ibrox vanished, a Callum McGregor own goal was enough for Steven Gerrard’s side to prevail.
The champions have three games left to play this season, but after continuing their unbeaten streak in the league with their second derby victory of the campaign, Rangers are now in a commanding place.
Boss Gerrard has encouraged his players to remain focused and committed to preserving their Premier League momentum this season.
And Zungu is sure that Gerrard’s comments will be given credence by the Ibrox squad in the coming weeks to ensure that Rangers will turn their impressive form in the league into the title this season.
“It’s not over yet,” Zungu said. There’s still a lot of work to do and there are still a lot of games to be played.
We have to keep our feet on the ground from that point of view and concentrate immediately on the next game.
We have already said to ourselves that, as though the league had just started, we would launch the new year.
For the second half of the season, that has to be our starting point and our inspiration.
We’re back to zero points in our minds and we’re going again. Everyone’s hungry, everyone wants to play and everybody wants success.
“For me, one thing is that people are right to talk about how important this season is to our bench.
We are solid, not only on the pitch but on the bench and in the squad, we have a lot of quality.
We have consistency, but we have a powerful mindset as well. I can’t talk about what’s been going on before, but I know everyone can come and do a team job.
We have players who can make a contribution. We know that we have to play for the badge, we know that the club and the fans have to be portrayed.
“We know we have to play for the club and the fans. People are jostling for a spot and if you don’t perform on the field, the coach knows he has options he can use.
“At the end of the day we know we didn’t put in our best performance against Celtic, but we got the three points and that’s all that matters. We now move on to the next game.”