Steven Gerrard believes it’s important he doesn’t pay too much attention toward Celtic and instead focuses on how to improve his Rangers team this season.
The former Liverpool captain has enjoyed a strong start to his career in the dugout, with Rangers yet to lose a competitive fixture this season.
However, while Rangers’ good run of form has coincided with Celtic losing to both Hearts and AEK Athens, Gerrard admits he can’t allow his head to turn and pay attention to what the Hoops are doing.
Speaking to BT Sports’ Robbie Savage, Gerrard was keen to stress the hard work is only just beginning.
He said, “Celtic have set the standard up here the last couple of years, they are on the back of two trebles and we understand the task and how difficult the challenge will be, especially with the game being away from home.”
“I think the important thing for me is not to be obsessed with Celtic and what’s going on over there.”
“What’s important to me is trying to sort this house out here… to try and make Rangers get better and improve individually and collectively.”
"The important thing for me is not to be obsessed with Celtic."
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 18, 2018
Rangers play Kilmarnock this weekend in the Scottish League Cup, a difficult fixture given Steve Clarke’s ever flourishing reputation in Ayrshire.
Only time will tell whether Gerrard has the managerial know how in order to close the gap between the Old Firm rivals.
But for now, he’s certainly saying all the right things.