Craig Burley discusses title race after Rangers win over Celtic

12 Aug 1998:  Craig Burley of Celtic facing a tackle from Josko Jelicic of Croatia Zagreb during the Champions League Qualifier against Croatia Zagreb at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland....

Rangers beat Celtic on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox.

Pundit Craig Burley and presenter Mark Chapman in discussion the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match between Cheltenham Town and Everton at Abbey Business Stadium on January 7, 2013 in...

Craig Burley has told ESPN that he believes Steven Gerrard has mightily improved Rangers and Scottish football as a whole, and is delighted that there is a Scottish Premiership title race on at the halfway stage.

Rangers were tasked with a crucial fixture against Celtic on Saturday, with defeat meaning they would slip six points behind Celtic - who also have a game in hand.

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But Ryan Jack's goal was enough to see Rangers beat Celtic for the first time in Brendan Rodgers' spell as Hoops manager, and go level on points with the Hoops who have still played one less fixture than Gerrard's men.

 

Former Celtic midfielder Burley said that he is delighted that Gerrard is improving Rangers and Scottish football in general, but still reckons the Hoops will go on to hold aloft the Scottish Premiership title.

"He's done amazingly well," Burley said. "They haven't always played well, but they've managed to peg Celtic back. Celtic, on their part, have been nowhere near as good as they have been in the last couple of years.

"They've regressed this season, and there's talk that Rodgers won't get the money he needs to spend in January. It might go all the way and that's good for Scottish football. If one team is running away with the league, it's never good.

"I still think Celtic will have too much for Rangers, I think they're a better side. But at least halfway through the season, we have a title race on."

Rangers Manager, Steven (L) Gerrard and Celtic Manager, Brendan Rodgers give their teams instructions to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on...

The next three weeks could have a huge factor on who fares better in the second half of the season. With no games being played, both Old Firm sides will be looking to bring in new players in the January window.

Celtic need a striker and perhaps a new left-back, while Rangers will also be after a striker and maybe a number 10. Rangers return to action against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup, while Celtic take on Airdrieonians on January 19.

Ranger's English manager Steven Gerrard (L) and Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (R) gesture on the side-lines during the Scottish Premiership football match between Celtic...

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