Rangers News: Steven Gerrard Told Celtic Challenge In Spite Of “Big” Improvements

Ranger has closed the hole on the rivals Celtic, and their rivalry is more competitive, it’s “big” for Scottish football – but they still have something to catch despite Hoops’ problems. It is the warning word from Sky Sports Pundit Danny Murphy. Steven Gerrard’s men shot back from their Scottish Premier League defeat in Livingston this weekend when they beat Rapid Vienna 3-1 in the Europa League last night.

Otherwise, the old Firm fighters Celtic dropped 3-1 to another Austrian outfit – Red Bull Salzburg – despite the first to take another minute’s lead. Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic has shown a good under pair start and loses two of their first seven league games to leave them six points out of unbeaten tempo-setters Hearts. While Rangers has scored more goals than any other team in the top division, their away form has beaten down to leave them in sixth – two points out of Celtic and eight down on the league leaders.

And Gerrard’s former Liverpool teammate Murphy told the Sky Sports debate about their contrasting European fortune that while Gers gets closer to Celtic, they still have a certain way to assume their performance in their derby defeat last month. “Rangers is an ongoing job. Stevie and Gary Mac are doing well,” Murphy said.

“Their home form has been amazing, it really does. They have the atmosphere back, the crowd is behind them and they win all their home. They have not won in the league from home. They have had a couple of late last minute goals against them to stop them winning, but there is a problem on the way. I think the gap is closing, but the actual Celtic-Rangers game [which Celtic won 1-0], you could see the difference. I know Celtic has problems with where they have been, but they could not win every game and every trophy.”