Darren Bent insists it would be “massive” if Rangers were to open up an 11-point gap to Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes it would be a major psychological boost for Steven Gerrard and his men, even with the Hoops having games in hand.

As a result of Boli Bolingoli’s breach of health and safety protocols last week, the Bhoys had their games against St Mirren and Aberdeen postponed.

Rangers, who currently sit five points ahead of their Glasgow rivals, play twice before the Hoops’ next league game, meaning they could open up an 11-point gap to the Hoops.

Bent believes that winning their next two games would be a major mental boost for Gerrard’s men and pile the pressure on Celtic.

“That is a big, big amount of points and we’ve seen in the last couple of seasons already the situation is that it’s not Rangers haven’t lost too many games, it’s too many draws which has killed them,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“Now if you talk about them building up an 11-point gap then that’s massive for Rangers, that is humungous. To get that kind of advantage over Celtic, that doesn’t really happen so if that happens, that’s maybe where the pressure starts for Rangers.

“Having that sort of a lead, they know they’ve got to get it over the line – there’s no excuses. If they allowed Celtic to come back and catch them, there’s no real excuses. 

“Psychologically that’s going to be hard on Celtic. Can they do it? Of course they can, they’ve won nine leagues in a row so of course if anyone can do it, they can but listen, this is big advantage Rangers.”

Rangers have won all three of their opening Premiership fixtures and have not conceded a single goal yet.

They are set to face Livingston away and Kilmarnock at home before Celtic play their next league game.

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