On Saturday, Steven Gerrard warned the resurgent Celtic face of Neil Lennon of an even tougher test against Rangers. Parkhead manager Lennon managed to fend off angry protests from Hoops fans calling for his dismissal after pulling off a mini comeback.
The reigning champions are holding on by a thread of 10 consecutive titles to their dreams and are already 16 points behind the Light Blues of Gerrard, while they still have three games in hand. Scottish Premiership table pic.twitter.com/e3crLoGDEs- SPFL (@spfl) December 30, 2020However, they have stabilized in recent weeks and go to Ibrox on a run of seven games without loss in their second Old Firm clash of the season. Their last three wins came over Hamilton and Ross County, both in a relegation position, and Dundee United, who have won just one of their last six games. Gerrard says Celtic must show this weekend that they can contend with the unbeaten leaders of the Premier League. He said, “I haven’t really focused on Celtic’s form. Our schedule was very demanding so I didn’t have time to focus on other opponents apart from the ones we were up against.Steven Gerrard looks ahead to Saturday’s Old Firm clash with Celtic pic.twitter. com/LcCJKdXatf- Andy Newport (@AndyNewportPA) January 1, 2021 ” “Celtic have obviously won their last few games against Hamilton, Ross County and Dundee United but they are playing Rangers and that’s a different challenge for them and a different challenge for us to look forward to,” said Gerrard, who says the days when his side were afraid of playing their arch-rivals are gone. “When we first came up against Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, it was quite normal that there was a lot of fear. There were still players who felt hurt from the previous games and results.Gerrard (left) watched Rangers lose 1-0 to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in his first Old Firm game of 2018 (Ian Rutherford/PA) “And I think it was only reasonable that we approached the game a little nervous. “But in two and a half years, I think you’ll agree that things have changed. The team has grown, we have improved. We’ve gained experience along the way. That’s not to say that the challenge won’t be tough or that we won’t have respect for the opponent or that everything will be easy. These derbies are very challenging, very tough, there are good players on both sides. “But in terms of confidence. However, Gerrard knows that his team always has to show that it can go the full distance…. In the last two years that he had been in charge of the Rangers, the Ibrox Stadium team had been in a strong half-time place, winning major derby victories in December, only to fall short when they came back from the winter break. Nevertheless, the Rangers boss has little time for the conspiracy theorists who spread rumors and hints about the Sun’s trip to Dubai last season in January. “We’ve had success in this game in the last two seasons and we haven’t really built on it – it’s there in black and white. “We’ve had success in the last two seasons in this game and we’ve not really built on it – it’s there I’m. He said: We will hopefully get an outcome that continues our rhythm. People talk a lot about winter breaks and Dubai, but it’s a lot of nonsense for me. @RangersFC v @CelticFC Scottish Premiership Ibrox Stadium Saturday 2nd January 12:30pm kick-off @SkySportsWhich side do you support? #RANCEL | #SPFL- SPFL (@spfl) January 1, 2021 “People talk a lot about winter breaks and Dubai, but for me it’s a load of garbage. @RangersFC v @CelticFC Scottish Premiership Ibrox Stadium Saturday 2nd January 12:30pm kick-off @SkySportsWhich side do you support? #RANCEL | #SPFL- SPFL (@spfl) January 1, 2021 ” “We’re focused on each game as it comes, and they don’t come any bigger than this. “We can do that.