Rangers have officially been crowned Scottish Premiership champions courtesy of Celtic’s goalless draw against Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday afternoon. The unbeaten Gers have won their first title in 10 years and sit 20 points clear of the second-placed Hoops having won 28 of their 32 games this term, scoring 77 goals and conceding a mere nine.
Celtic needed to win against Dundee to prevent their rivals’ coronation but could not do so despite dominating the match and having nearly 30 shots on goal.
Rangers fans trolled their dethroned neighbours during the match by flying a plane overhead with a banner which read: ‘Can you see us now?! 55 titles.’
The Light Blues’ triumph is even more significant because it denies Celtic the unprecedented feat of 10 successive top-flight titles.
The Bhoys in Green had won nine in a row between 1966 and 1974 but fell at the final hurdle, just as Rangers did between 1988 and 1997.
Celtic had romped to the last nine titles to move to 51 overall, but Steven Gerrard’s side have prevented them from making it 10 in a row to clinch the Ibrox club’s 55th crown.
Rangers have been in stunning form this season to open up such a chasmic gap to their Old Firm rivals, who they finished nine and 13 points behind in the past two campaigns.
They will now look to copy Celtic’s feat of the 2016-17 campaign of going the full season unbeaten, with another six games to go after this.
The two Glasgow rivals go head-to-head at Celtic Park on March 21, after Gerrard’s side look to maintain their unbeaten record in Europe in the first and second legs of their Europa League last 16 clash with Slavia Prague this coming Thursday and the Thursday after that.
After Rangers beat St Mirren 3-0 at home on Saturday to move within a point of the title, an emotional Gerrard said: “I don’t think while I’m representing this club there will ever be a bigger three points, is the reality.
“It’s been an emotional day, obviously arriving here and seeing the scenes. It was an incredible feeling.
“I’m lost for words in terms of how I want to describe my team. I’ve been here for three years and they took me on one hell of a journey.
“It hasn’t always been up and up, but I have nothing but plaudits to give my players.
“I thought they played today with maturity, with control, with style and I think we scored three incredible goals.
“We’ve made this place a fortress this year in terms of the league and the players are obviously on a real big high in there and rightly so.”
Gerrard is determined to add more titles as Celtic, who parted ways with Neil Lennon last month, look to rebuild themselves following a disappointing campaign this term.
“I always said the first one would be the hardest and we’re obviously millimetres away from achieving that,” he added.
“But I don’t know, I got a feeling upstairs today I want more, I’m hungry for more and I hope my players share that.
“If they do it’s exciting times to be a Rangers fan. For me the priority is to really let this sink in, get it officially done and realise the monumental achievement that it is. But that’s got to make you hungry for more.
“For me, I’m already thinking about what’s next and I want more. That’s my drive every single day when I come to work.
“Since I was a young lad I just want success and I want to win, I want to win football matches and I want to have moments like that in the dressing room. That’s what it is all about.”