Rangers icon Walter Smith thinks Graeme Murty has done a “really good job” as Gers boss and thinks the Ibrox side have a chance to win the title this season.
The Light Blues have won their last six games and have been in fantastic form since the winter break and have closed the gap to Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership to six points – 12 months after being 33 points behind their bitter rivals in the table.
Smith believes that if the Light Blues can come away with three points against Brendan Rodgers’ side at Ibrox on Sunday and then continue to match their bitter rivals until the end of the season then they could become the first Gers side to lift the Scottish Premiership since 2011 – when the Ibrox giants were still managed by Smith.
“Who knows in football? You just don’t know,” Smith said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The first aim from a Rangers perspective is to prove they can match Celtic on a consistent basis. The three games that are coming up will give everybody at the club an indication of whether they’re capable of doing that or not.
“It looks to me as if they are going into this game in good spirit. But there have been parallels before – for both Rangers and Celtic teams.
“This time it’s up to Rangers to show they can catch up with Celtic. It will not be an easy task but that’s the nature of this rivalry.
“Celtic have had it their own way for a long time. But now if things are settling down at Rangers and if they are ready to put in a challenge then this is the time they’ve got to do it.
“Even if they win the game on Sunday they need to continue to show after it that they are going to keep matching Celtic all the time. But so far you have to say Murty has done a really good job of it.”
The Glasgow giants will face each other one more time in the league after Sunday’s clash while also meeting in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on April 15th.
Rodgers’ side have a game in hand on their rivals as they look to secure their seventh consecutive Scottish Premiership title and win an unprecedented back-to-back domestic treble.
Football Insider verdict:
A win for Rangers on Sunday would certainly give the Gers a good chance to go on and lift the title but they would need still almost certainly need a favour from someone else to overtake their bitter rivals. With one final league clash between to the two still to be arranged, the Gers could draw level on points and hoping to have overhauled Celtic’s superior goal difference. There’s definitely an outside chance though that the Ibrox giants can record what would be one of the most incredible title triumphs anywhere in a long, long time.