The Rangers are once again champions of Scotland for the first time in a decade with a dominant title win that is considered one of the first chronological successes in the country’s history.
With 16 different scorers and the most stubborn defense the Premiership has ever seen, Steven Gerrard’s side have set standards others fall short of.
But how was the world record for club Ibrox’s 55th title secured? Here are 12 games that changed their path, nine years after their demotion to the Third Division.
Rangers 3-0 St Johnstone – August 12, 2020
Barely a week and a half into the campaign, a 3-0 victory over St Johnstone at Ibrox was not decisive as Borna Barisic, Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo scored. Yet as Celtic postponed two matches after defender Boli Bolingoli broke coronavirus protocols by visiting Spain and then playing Kilmarnock without isolating themselves, Rangers seized their chance to take the lead in the standings at the goal difference with Hibernian.
While the Edinburgh team briefly overtook them the following weekend playing Motherwell first and drawing 0-0, Gerrard’s team recorded the same result at Livingston the next day and gave the pace from there.
Rangers 4-0 Dundee United – September 12, 2020
Another home game, another complete victory – and this one was notable for the fact that Rangers broke Celtic’s record of 114 years for straight clean sheets at the start of a high-flying Scottish season.
A seventh in a row came at a cost as Leon Balogun abandoned the team before kick-off and Ryan Jack, Brandon Barker and Alfredo Morelos all left injured. Still, goals from Kent, James Tavernier, Kemar Roofe and Scott Arfield ensured an otherwise straightforward victory.
Gerrard’s players weren’t content to rule out teams, they were barely giving away chances – and, despite growing selection issues, looked solid with a three-point lead.
Celtic 0-2 Rangers – October 17, 2020
Despite winning the previous Old Firm game 2-1 at Celtic Park, the Rangers’ title challenge fell apart from there and they were well behind when the 2019/20 campaign was scaled back. The first derby of the new season was an opportunity to make a statement and Gerrard’s players did so with force in a one-sided 2-0 victory.
Connor Goldson scored nine minutes after each half as Celtic failed to register a single shot on target and their unbeaten start to the league came to an end.
After leading by one point but with one more game played ahead, the Rangers suddenly took a four-point lead and took control of the title race for the first time.
Kilmarnock 0-1 Rangers – November 1, 2020
With Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen, Rangers were fortunate enough to advance further to Kilmarnock – but having lost 2-1 there three times already under Gerrard, there was an obvious risk of upheaval instead.
The visitors dictated much of the game and only scored once – with captain and right-back Tavernier scoring his 10th goal of the season with a penalty – but that was enough to ensure serious success.
Gerrard later said he would not be looking at the table but the gap was widening. His team were now nine points ahead after playing twice as much as their rivals.
Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen – November 22, 2020
A day after Celtic had to score twice in the final 11 minutes to save a 2-2 draw at Hibernian, Rangers returned from the November international break to follow their 8-0 beating against Hamilton two weeks earlier with a 4-0 rout. from Aberdeen.
Kent’s brilliance set the tone early before Roofe, Arfield and Tavernier – with another penalty – secured a 13th win in 15 league appearances, the club’s best start to the campaign in 53 years.
As Celtic struggled for consistency at home and in Europe, Rangers took advantage and took their lead to double digits – 11 clear with two more games played.
Rangers 3-1 Motherwell – December 19, 2020
Three days after Rangers’ first loss of the season – a 3-2 League Cup loss to St Mirren that ended their 27-game unbeaten streak – it looked like the wheels might just come off. After falling behind Callum Lang’s sixth-minute goal for Motherwell, they were still behind more than an hour later.
Still, with serious questions asked, Roofe scored twice in the last 17 minutes with Cedric Itten to claim a fiery victory instead.
As Celtic play in the Scottish Cup again – and after drawing a draw with St Johnstone earlier in the month only to claim two wins in 12 competitive appearances – Rangers were 16 points ahead with three games of more in the bank.
Rangers 1-0 Celtic – January 2, 2021
Once again, the home side had no shots on target in the second Old Firm meeting of the campaign – but this time the Rangers won at Ibrox anyway.
After resisting a dazzling Celtic first half, in which Allan McGregor made exceptional saves from Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths, Nir Bitton’s red card for shooting down Morelos at the start of the second changed the game. given.
With morale visibly subsiding, Callum McGregor hijacked Tavernier’s corner in his own goal with 20 minutes remaining to give the Rangers the win. Celtic’s loss meant their seven-game unbeaten streak was over – and they were now 19 points behind, albeit with three games in hand.
Aberdeen 1-2 Rangers – January 10, 2021
The idea that the Rangers had done the hard work in their title bid was offset by the fact that they still had some of their most difficult away games to play in January.
The first of these took place in Aberdeen, where a Morelos masterclass made the difference. After winning a penalty to see Tavernier miss, the Colombian scored on either side of the break to claim a 15th consecutive Premiership victory.
Another Celtic draw with Hibernian the following night – this time finishing 1-1 after Kevin Nisbet’s 90th-minute equalizer for Team Easter Road – meant the gap fell to 21 points with over four months of the season to do.
Hibernian 0-1 Rangers – January 27, 2021
While a 1-1 draw at Motherwell ended the Rangers’ victory, their third away game in January brought another victory and that meant seven out of nine points had been taken on the road.
Once again, Morelos played an important role, but perhaps shouldn’t have had the chance. An early stamp on Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous went unpunished and would later have earned the forward a retrospective three-game ban.
Staying on the park instead of receiving a red card meant he was able to score the only goal six minutes after halftime. After three more Celtic draws, Rangers were 23 points ahead.
Celtic 1-2 St Mirren – January 30, 2021
The only thing that gave Celtic a glimmer of hope in their quest for a record 10th consecutive title was the fact that they had those games in hand. As they lost points elsewhere, exceptional matches became more and more important – but when they came, so did worse results.
A 2-1 loss to St Mirren – Paisley’s first side in east Glasgow since 1990 – meant the gap remained at 23 points with just two more games on the schedule.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon described the result as the lowest point in his managerial career at the club – but the worst was yet to come for him.
Ross County 1-0 Celtic – February 21, 2021
Having already been knocked out of the League Cup by Ross County, another setback to the lower Premiership team was the last straw and Lennon resigned three days later.
With their last game underway, Rangers fan Jordan White’s goal for the Highlands club against Celtic meant Ibrox’s side had an 18-point advantage with eight games left by both Old teams. Firm.
A terrible start to 2021, amplified by their much-criticized training trip to Dubai, had completely killed Celtic’s challenge – and the consistency shown by Gerrard’s side had brought them to the brink of the 55th top-flight title in the club.
Rangers 3-0 St Mirren – March 7, 2021
Rangers entered their home game with St Mirren knowing victory there and nothing less than a victory for Celtic at Dundee United the next day would make them champions.
Gerrard and his team were greeted at the stadium by thousands of supporters and stood up to their task as they succeeded 3-0 thanks to goals from Kent, Morelos and Ianis Hagi.
Rangers players celebrated from a distance with fans at the gates of Copland Road and through their dressing room windows afterwards – Celtic’s 0-0 draw at Tannadice confirming a deserved title success.