RYAN JACK has insisted Rangers must not lose their focus because “we haven’t done anything yet”.

Steven Gerrard’s side ended the year with a well-merited 2-1 success over champions Celtic at Parkhead, the Ibrox outfit’s first win in the east end of Glasgow since 2010.

It helped dilute some of the disappointment of losing 1-0 to Neil Lennon’s men in the Betfred League Cup Final at Hampden earlier in the month.

A win for Neil Lennon’s team in the Premiership tussle would have moved the eight-in-a-row champions eight points ahead of their city rivals.

However, goals from Ryan Kent and Nikola Katic cancelled out a counter from Odsonne Edouard to cut the lead at the top two points and Gers can move into pole position if they win their game in hand.

The Scotland international, speaking at the club’s training camp in Dubai, told Sky Sports News: “The result was big for us. It was important to get the win and finish the year on a high.

“We have come away, it’s in the past, and the focus has got to be on the Cup game against Stranraer next week.

“We don’t want to come off our standards where we have been – we have done well, but we have not done anything yet.

“That is what the manager drives home to us. There is a long way to go, a lot to play for and we have just got to stay focused every minute, every day.”

Jack added: “We never get carried away when we do well. And if it’s not going well, we never get too disappointed.

“Especially after losing the Cup Final, it was a case of: ‘Look, we have got massive games coming up, from now until the end of the month, you can’t lose focus’.

“And after the Cup Final, the reaction was excellent. We finished the year very strong.

“You lose a Cup Final to your rivals and that is never easy – but there was a bigger focus, that there is still a lot on this season.

“We have still got European stuff to play and we have still got the league campaign, so we had to take the disappointment, get over it as quick as we could, and go again.”



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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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