Rangers manager Steven Gerrard spoke to BT Sport this morning, with questions inevitably revolving around Celtic.
Despite the derby against Brendan Rodgers side not happening until next month, and with plenty immediate challenges to focus on, the new Gers boss was quizzed by BT pundit Robbie Savage.
It was clear he wasn’t too impressed with having to focus on Celtic, but showed no fear when discussing our city rivals and is clearly going to relish going up against them.
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, which is Rangers, and trying to make Rangers get better and improve individually and collectively. Let’s try and be competitive. I think Celtic have had their own way for too long up here.
My job is to try and improve Rangers so that when we come up against Celtic, or any other challenge, that we’re competitive and have a chance to win.
I’m not obsessed with Celtic, I’m obsessed with Rangers.
And the important thing is that we improve and become competitive. We believe we’ll be a challenge for anyone in any competition.
Everything has gone right for the former Liverpool man so far this summer. The club are undefeated at home and abroad, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
New signings like Connor Goldson and Lassana Coulibaly are looking the part, while players such as Alfredo Morelos are looking as good as they ever have in a Rangers shirt.
With a tough fixture against Kilmarnock on Sunday and then a match against Russian side FC Ufa this Thursday, the challenges are growing harder and harder.
Can we keep up our impressive early momentum?
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