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Old Firm derby: Steven Gerrard urges Rangers to go for one last push

• Manager insists Rangers should ‘always look to be at the top’
• Visitors Celtic have won seven league games in succession

Steven Gerrard should relish the brief calm that follows Glasgow’s unruly football storm. Rangers’ manager will oversee his 38th competitive fixture of the season – and last before a winter break – as Celtic visit Ibrox on Saturday. Amid a kaleidoscope of emotions, including for Gerrard himself, it has been easy to forget this marks the Liverpool icon’s maiden campaign as a first-team manager.

“Nothing has surprised,” Gerrard said on Friday. “I knew before a ball was kicked there was a demand to win every fixture no matter what competition it was in. I knew if we overperformed that supporters would get carried away and I also knew if we had a bump or a result that wasn’t in our favour, there would be an overreaction.”

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