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Rangers must use Celtic trophy wins as inspiration

Patrick Roberts of Celtic attempts to get past Graham Dorrans of Rangers and Lee Hodson of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox...

Celtic are dominating the Scottish game. Will Rangers ever recover?

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic is congratulated by manager Brendan Rodgers as he is substituted during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium...

Celtic continue to go from strength to strength, winning a fourth successive domestic trophy at the weekend.

Brendan Rodgers' side beat Motherwell 2-0 to win the Scottish League Cup, dispatching the team who had knocked rivals Rangers out in the previous round, denying an Old Firm final.

Not that a Celtic v Rangers clash would have been much more competitive.

Brendan Rodgers is unbeaten against Rangers and his Celtic have won two of the matches 5-1.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers have lost their last two games to Hamilton Academical and Dundee.

But Celtic's latest trophy win can yet be an opportunity for Rangers.

The Rangers players and staff should have been watching the final, burning up with frustration that they were not there competing.

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sooner or later something has to snap with the club's board, and they finally need to make a decision to move forward.

There can only be so much of Celtic winning relentlessly before a resolve is finally strengthened to do something about it.

That could be players lifting their game, a new manager with a big approach, or attracting major investment at boardroom level.

Celtic's win continues their dominance, but it also hammers home Rangers' ongoing shortcomings.

They must use this to search within to try and find solutions, and recognise that the status quo an is unacceptable state of play.

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