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Butcher warns Celtic – Rangers are making big strides under Gerrard

Former Rangers defender Terry Butcher reckons his old club are getting closer and closer to the level of arch rivals Celtic.

It has been a tough period for the Ibrox club in recent years as they have had to look on as Celtic dominated Scottish Football, while they worked their way back up through the lower leagues after their insolvency.

However, optimism is now high again among fans with former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard managing the club and Butcher believes Rangers are definitely progressing nicely under their Scouse coach.

“Rangers are closer now than they have been in the last six or seven years. Yes, they are still a long way behind. But you can look at that and say: ‘Rangers have made big strides forward’,” Butcher told the Herald.

“Steven will have learned a lot about himself, a lot about the level his team was at and a lot about where Celtic are. The big question for him afterwards would be how can Rangers get to that level very quickly.

“Having gone through it once, he will look forward to the next one on home so soil at Ibrox even more. To get to beat Celtic you have got to do something special. He will know that, but he will try to figure out how to do it.”

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