SCOTLAND legend Kenny Dalglish has admitted Rangers had NO chance of preventing Celtic winning the Premiership title this season.
The Hoops are zeroing in on their sixth successive crown and can stretch their lead at the top to a massive 11 points if they beat Partick Thistle at Firhill tomorrow night.
And Brendan Rodgers’ side would still have two games in hand over their Ibrox rivals.
Dalglish said: “This season was never going to be one you’d think they would run Celtic close. This is a time for Rangers time to evolve because they made a bundle of new signings in the summer and they must be given time.
“Even the most successful clubs make signings that don’t turn out as well as everyone would hope and that has happened to some extent with Rangers.
“A few boys haven’t played as often as they would have liked and obviously Joey Barton has left the club.
“The fans have got to be patient and I’m sure in years to come Rangers will be back stronger and more competitive against Celtic.
“Right now, they’ve got to look to consolidate and then bid to improve still further in the seasons ahead.”
Celtic are listed at only 5-2 by some bookmakers to go through the season unbeaten and have won eight successive league games as they prepare for Firhill tomorrow night.
The Hoops are in danger of disappearing out of the sight and Dalglish added: “Celtic can only do what they can do. It’s up to other teams to step up to the plate.
“The rest of the league is really tight, so there’s an equality among them. Celtic are head and shoulders stand-outs at the moment.
“Rangers were very impressive last season in winning the Championship, but the competition is stiffer this time around.
“Aberdeen have done well, they’re all trying to do whatever they can, but the success of Celtic in Champions League only strengthens them financially.
“But why not credit Celtic instead of criticising others? Celtic must look after themselves.
“They have set standards and if other people don’t match up to them, there is nothing they can do about it.”