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Ibrox legend warns Gerrard of consequences of losing derby to Celtic

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Terry Butcher has broken the script by warning Steven Gerrard that his side must beat Celtic on December 29.

Numerous former Ibrox players have been dredged out recently to talk up the Gerrard Revolution but league results have been on a par with those that got Pedro Caixinha fired.

Reality has always been a stranger for the club formed in 2012 with successive managers drowned under the weight of expectation.

The Warburton Revolution ended in the former city trader being resigned by email while Celtic’s 3-2 win at Ibrox in March ended the Murty Revolution with the former Norwich star-spotter a broken man and relieved of his duties a few weeks and two hammerings from Celtic later.

Since arriving in the summer every move that Gerrard has made has been interpreted as the work of genius but Butcher knows that his reckoning day is fast approaching.

I’m looking at Rangers and asking if there is one game where they can beat Celtic this season,” the former Rangers (IL) captain told the Daily Record. “I would set that as a target for the Rangers players.

The next one against Celtic will always be the target whether it’s in the league or cup.

People say you’re not judged on the Celtic games in the Premiership because they’re normally so far ahead but you’re always judged on the Celtic games as a Rangers manager.

You could say Rangers were a bit closer in the 1-0 defeat at Parkhead earlier this season but Celtic were still very dominant in the game. Stevie will learn from that.

He has to have a belief that everyone in his team will be on fire when it comes to playing Celtic and hopefully one or two of the Celtic players aren’t at their best.

To get to the point where they beat Celtic they need to keep a greater level of consistency.

It’s about trying to get a result like that when it really matters against Celtic. They still have to beat the rest of the league as well of course.

The consequences of Rangers rebuilding a team to try and challenge Celtic is the rest of the teams want to beat Rangers even more than before. So Rangers have to make sure they can fend off the other teams to hang on to Celtic’s coat-tails.

That’s what they’re doing so far. Hopefully one day they can really pull them back.

What would qualify as success at Rangers, finishing second to Celtic?

Some people would say that is success in the current circumstances but Rangers fans certainly want more than that and I’m sure Stevie wants more than that.”

The club from Ibrox host Livingston on Saturday before a brutal month opens up that involves trips to Hearts and Hibs, hosting Aberdeen, Hibs and Celtic as well as two Europa League matches.

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