KENNY MILLER reckons Rangers have been on par with Celtic since Michael Beale took charge.
The Ibrox side’s 3-1 win over Hibs this afternoon – combined with the Hoops’ 2-2 draw against St Mirren yesterday – brings the gap between first and second back close to eight points with two games left in the season to play.
Since the Scottish Premiership resumed after the World Cup hiatus, the Light Blues have won 18 league games, drawn one and lost twice, amassing 55 points.
Celtic, on the other hand, have won 17 times in the league, drawn three times and lost once, giving them 54 points since December.
Of course, Ange Postecoglou’s men have already been crowned champions this season and are on their way to a national treble.
But Miller – who played for both halves of the Old Firm in his career – believes it’s a positive sign that Rangers have been able to keep up with Celtic in the second half of the season.
The former Scotland striker told sports scene: “It means Rangers are on track to end the season on some high level.
“Before the split, there were two defeats against Aberdeen in league play and against Celtic in the semi-finals.
“Well they have bounced back by avenging the Aberdeen defeat and clinching a fantastic win over Celtic last week.
“It was a real, positive and convincing win over their rivals.
“It gave them a chance to finish with five wins in a row.
“It has also given them the chance now – with Celtic’s points lost against St Mirren yesterday – to finish with more points than Ange and Celtic in Michael’s time as Rangers manager.
“I know that’s a small consolation.
“But it showed that in a decent sample size of 20 games, Michael Beale and his Rangers team could match Ange and Celtic in terms of points scored.
“They have yet to complete it by beating the Hearts at Ibrox and then St Mirren next week.
“But it’s a chance to wrap up before an exciting summer with some level of positivity.”
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