Alan Hutton has claimed the nine-point gap between Rangers and Celtic will give the Ibrox dressing room a “big boost” in the Premiership title race.

The former Gers defender and boyhood fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the current standings could have a significant mental impact on both Glasgow giants.

The Gers currently top the league table and are unbeaten in their opening 13 matches, but they have played two games more than Neil Lennon’s men.

Hutton has insisted that the Rangers players will be buzzing with the gap they have managed to open up and suggested the Celtic stars may be feeling the pressure despite their games in hand.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s such a big boost. Obviously Celtic have the games in hand but you’d rather have points on the board.

“From a Rangers point of view, to see that gap opening up, it just creates even more confidence within the dressing room. For Celtic, it makes their job a little bit tougher.

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“You see Rangers stretching that lead and in the back of your mind it’s telling you it’s such a big gap to close, it could be a deciding factor moving forward.” 

Rangers have won all but two of their Premiership games this season, with Hibernian and Livingston the only clubs to get anything out of their meetings with Gerrard’s men.

Meanwhile, Celtic’s only league defeat has been the 2-0 loss at home to the Light Blues last month.

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