Rangers currently hold a 16-point lead over their rivals

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Kris Boyd says Rangers are “way in front” of Celtic as the teams prepare for Saturday’s crucial derby.

The Ibrox side currently hold a 16-point gap at the top of the table, having gone undefeated in their opening 21 games of the season.

Steven Gerrard’s men have failed to drop points in the Premiership since September, and maintained their winning streak on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over St Mirren in Paisley.

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It’s been a patchy season for Celtic, but Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Dundee United was their fourth consecutive victory.

The champions appear to have found some form at an important point in the season, but former Rangers man Boyd believes Rangers still have the edge.

A Connor Goldson double gave Rangers three points in October’s 2-0 win at Celtic Park, and he insists Gerrard’s side have what it takes to rack up another win against their rivals.

Speaking in the Scottish Sun after naming a combined Rangers and Celtic XI featuring just two players from Neil Lennon’s team, Boyd said: “I know Celtic fans will probably say that I’m just being biased again. But you can’t go back on past glory.

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“As it stands just now, Rangers are way in front. It’s not me just putting a Rangers head on, it’s because of the league standings and the way Rangers have been playing.”

Odsonne Edouard and David Turnbull were the only two Celtic players to make it into Boyd’s XI.

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