Derek Ferguson believes that the SPFL Premiership title race is over.
The midfielder starred for Rangers under Graeme Souness then watched his younger brother Barry win trophies under Dick Advocaat, Walter Smith and Alex McLeish.
Bringing things upto date his son, Lewis has played against the current teams for Aberdeen over the last three seasons and knows the difference between winners and losers.
Last night Ferguson was part of the BBC Scotland commentary team at Celtic Park watching Neil Lennon’s side slam in five goals while Steven Gerrard’s side slipped up away to Kilmarnock.
The SPFL Premiership table shows a 10 point gap but the momentum suggests that the gap is more likely to grow than be cut back leading to one obvious conclusion.
Listening in to Ferguson on Radio Scotland last night The Sun reports:
Billy [Dodds] mentioned intensity; they (Gerrard’s players) had that before the break. Is it a case that the players think because they had two good performances against Celtic, that’s enough? Well it ain’t.
And Billy says he doesn’t think the title race is over. Well I think it is. I don’t think Rangers will be able to claw that back because I watched a side [Celtic] tonight that, I don’t think they were at their best, and they’ve absolutely skelped Hearts 5-0.
They play at times with an intensity that no other team in Scotland can match and it’s going to be very hard for Rangers.
The question’s not just posed at the players but when Steven Gerrard came back he said that some of the fringe players weren’t putting enough pressure on that starting XI. You’ve got take a good look at yourself in terms of you’ve brought those players in.
For large parts, Steven Gerrard hasn’t had a lot of criticism because he’s done a helluva lot of good but I think, now, we need to maybe look at that as well and start to question that a little bit because something has went way wrong.”
There are still 12 rounds of fixtures to be played, on Saturday Livingston visit Ibrox with Celtic facing Aberdeen the following day at Pittodrie.