Former Scotland international Alan Hutton believes Rangers’ victory over Celtic on Sunday could be the dawn of a “new era” in Scottish football, an opinion that will certainly be an unpopular one.

The Hoops were well below par as Steven Gerrard’s men registered their first win at Parkhead in nine years and closed the gap to Celtic to two points ahead of the winter break.

And speaking to Football Insider, Rangers fan Hutton believes the pressure will be on Celtic to recover from a defeat which he suggests could represent a shift in momentum in Scotland.

I think the main problem is that Rangers have never pushed them, over the last X amount of years Celtic’s overran them every single time. Now they’re really getting tested whether it be home or away.

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It’s a change for them, they’ve won a lot of trophies, a lot of titles unchallenged. It’s like a new era dawning, Rangers are coming back into the fold and it’s a lot of pressure on them.

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While Celtic have been poor in the last two Glasgow Derby’s, to suggest that a “new era” is dawning in Scotland after just two results seems rather hyperbolic from Hutton.

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The Hoops are still top of the league by two points, though Rangers do have a game in hand, and Neil Lennon’s men lifted the League Cup earlier this month.

Celtic will need to improve following the winter break, and strengthening in January will go a long way to doing that, but to make such a bold statement already