By Frank McAvennie

25th Dec, 2020 | 10:00am

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Rangers have finally learned how to win “ugly” in the hunt for the Premiership title, according to Frank McAvennie.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Celtic striker reluctantly admitted the Light Blues had developed the ruthless streak shown often shown by their Glasgow rivals in recent years.

The Gers were forced to come from behind to beat Motherwell 3-1 last weekend, while they followed up the victory with an altogether more convincing 3-0 win over St Johnstone on Wednesday evening.

McAvennie has insisted playing good football is only half the battle and that Rangers had finally shown their ability to overcome teams when things are not going their way.

“They were hopeless for large parts of the game,” McAvennie told Football Insider.

“Motherwell were right in their face and upsetting them, but they went and won and you can’t take that away from them.

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“You know, they’re winning ugly. They’re doing what I keep saying about Celtic, they’re doing the hard part, the dirty work.

“It’s all good playing silky smooth, but you’ve got to win the battle. And that’s what Rangers are doing at the moment so fair play to them… I wish they weren’t.”

Speaking after the game Gerrard told the Scottish Sun: “There were moments there when you think, ‘is it going to come?’ We found a response and a reaction. I thought the players were excellent. We showed real character and we are going to need that moving forward.”

After the following win at St Johnstone, Rangers currently sit 16 points clear at the top of the Premiership table, although Celtic do have three games in hand.

In other news, a high-flying Premier League club are looking to bring in one of Rangers top performers this season.