March 7, 2021 9:22:46 am
Rangers’ players ran to a gap in the stands at Ibrox and celebrated in front of their jubilant fans after a 3-0 win over St. Mirren on Saturday that left the club on the verge of its first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years.
Thousands of Rangers supporters had ignored lockdown rules by gathering outside the stadium in Glasgow ahead of the game to proclaim what will be a long-awaited return of the title, which has been in possession of fierce rival Celtic for nine straight years. The conduct of the fans was condemned by the Scottish government.
Rangers are undefeated in the Scottish Premiership this season.
Pure domination 🤯 pic.twitter.com/xXCQnG87wQ
— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) March 6, 2021
Many of the fans had left by kickoff but some stayed on, hoping to catch a glimpse of the team through the gates at the east end of the Main Stand.
Rangers did not let them down, with goals from Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos and Ianis Hagi earning a 28th win from 32 games and giving the team managed by Liverpool great Steven Gerrard a 21-point lead. The title will be clinched on Sunday if second-place Celtic fails to win away to Dundee United.
“I’ve got to let them enjoy this”
Steven Gerrard calls for lockdown rules to be respected, but concedes it was normal for emotions to run high as Rangers close on a first title since 2011 ⏲️🏆 pic.twitter.com/hwKpBQkcxh
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) March 6, 2021
If Celtic wins, Rangers can look forward to the dream scenario of finally putting an end to Celtic’s reign of dominance when the Old Firm rivals meet at Celtic’s Parkhead Stadium on March 21.
Winning the league — for a record-extending 55th time — would cap the revival of a team that was demoted to the bottom tier of the Scottish game because of a financial meltdown. Celtic has dominated since and was looking to win the title for an unprecedented 10th straight season, and for a 52nd time overall.
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