By Paddy Kenny

10th Dec, 2021 | 12:11pm

Kenny: Rangers on course to beat Celtic to title after 'amazing' development

Rangers’ “seriously impressive” draw against Lyon has set them up to successfully defend their Premiership title.

That’s according to former Leeds stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider following the conclusion of the Gers’ Europa League group stage campaign, which ended with a place in the last-32.

Rangers battled to a respectable 1-1 draw away at Lyon on Thursday (9 December).

Scott Wright scored the opener before a Calvin Bassey own goal levelled the scores at the start of the second half.

Kenny claims Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s tactical approach was vindicated by the result, breeding confidence ahead of the second half of the season.

“They have gone there and got a cracking result,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“It’s seriously impressive considering they were thumped at home by them a few weeks ago.

“Cynics will say Lyon aren’t having their best season but it doesn’t matter.

“Come on it’s an amazing result and Van Bronckhorst will be looking to build on that.

“He has to keep the good times rolling at Rangers if they are going to defend this title.

“It doesn’t matter who you face or what team you put out, just win.

“The players will take confidence from that and Van Bronckhorst will be vindicated in his way of setting the team up.

“It can only be positive to keep winning considering the title is on the line.”

Rangers are next in action against Hearts on Sunday (12 December).

They remain four points ahead of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

In other news, one pundit has mocked a Rangers star who is “playing the wantaway act” ahead of January.