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‘YES, WE ARE BETTER,’ GERRARD

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STEVEN GERRARD saw his Rangers team go to the top of the Premiership table following their impressive 5-0 victory over Hamilton Accies at Ibrox.

Earlier in the day, champions Celtic had slipped up big-style as they lost for the first time in their history to Livingston as they crashed 2-0 at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Making it a wretched day for Neil Lennon’s men they also had Ryan Christie red-carded for a high challenge on Scott Robinson in the 25th minute.

It’s the first time Gerrard has led his team to the pinnacle in 10 months – and the last time only lasted three days when they were toppled following a loss in Glasgow to Aberdeen.

THREE CHEERS…Jermain Defoe, 37 today, celebrates with a hat-trick against Hamilton Accies.

The Govan gaffer, though, is not getting over-excited at reaching the summit in October.

Gerrard, speaking to the Evening Times, admitted: “It is still very early days in the season, I’ve said to the players to not get carried away.

“There is a lot of hard work, we still have to improve, we still have to grow. But the answer is yes, we are better, we are stronger than last year.

“The 11 is stronger, the squad is stronger. We have people coming back from injury, so we are in a good place.

“I just want to win football matches, as many as I can. There is a break now and I focus on what I have to do to beat Hearts.”

Jermain Defoe will celebrate his 37th birthday today and got in celebratory mood yesterday with a hat-trick against Accies – his second trio at Ibrox after firing in three against Hibs earlier in the campaign.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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