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Gerrard's Rangers must beware following Arsenal's derby reaction

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard reacts during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers won their big derby game. Arsenal did the same this past month, only for their form to subsequently plummet.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard reacts with James Tavernier of Rangers during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in...

Glasgow Rangers secured their biggest win of the season as they finally beat rivals Celtic.

It ended a run of 12 matches against Celtic without a victory, and it has come as a huge boost for new boss Steven Gerrard.

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Rangers' players, staff, and fans are all enjoying the moment, and understandably so.

 

Where Rangers need to be careful, is how they follow this up.

The pitfalls of a post-derby reaction are highlighted by Arsenal's implosion in form in the English Premier League.

Arsenal beat Spurs in early December, at the peak of a 20 game unbeaten run.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur argues with Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal and Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium...

It was suggested as a significant moment for Arsenal, a potential tipping in the balance of power after finishing below Tottenham for two seasons in a row.

Since then, Arsenal have gained only four points out of a possible 12 in the league, been knocked out of the League Cup, and lost their last game 5-1 to Liverpool.

The big moment against Spurs proved to be a false dawn.

Rangers now have a break before the league resumes and can try not to get swept up in the exhuberance of their victory.

To make it count, they still need to hit form, and make the most of the opportunity they have given themselves.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29:Scott Arfield of Rangers vies with Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor of Celtic during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic...

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