STEVEN Gerrard says he couldn’t be happier with his side’s form going into Sunday’s Old Firm derby and declared the Light Blues “Ready”. 

Rangers have ridden out a tough period of fixtures in December, recovering from League Cup Final defeat, a game they dominated.

Gerrard believes his side are ready for the trip Parkhead after a quick turnaround from their Boxing Day victory over Kilmarnock but doesn’t believe the result will influence the Premiership’s outcome this season.

Speaking to the media he said: “It is a huge fixture, of course it is and it is very difficult to play it down, Old Firm fever is always the same.

“There is a big build up but it’s a bit different because we have all just played a game and it is going to hit us pretty quick. There is less time for all the talk and the opinions because in 24 hours it will be on us.

“We are ready, we are in good form and we are looking forward to it. It’ll be a really tough game, we are aware of Celtic’s home record and their consistency since the start of the season since now.

“But we can’t be going into this game in better shape ourselves; we are really happy where we are right now.

“I know you are looking for headlines and we appreciate that and understand it but we are coming up to the half way mark of a season and there is an awful lot of football to be played.

“We totally respect the important of the game and the points available but whatever the outcome we won’t be giving up and downing tools, we are going to push right until the very end.”

Rangers take on Celtic in the last game before the league’s winter break and for the first time since the League Cup Final at the start of this month.

Gerrard continued: “It is never a nice place to be when you lose a cup final, I am not going to talk to you and try and paint a different picture but when you analyse what you put into the final and your performance level, I couldn’t ask for any more from the players.

“I was very proud of their efforts on the day and they went out and did exactly what they wanted to do besides capitalising on our big moments, which we created for ourselves.

“The final was decided by big moments going against us; we have to live with that, we have to accept that.

“This is a different game, a different competition but obviously the same players which we are going to be playing against, which are good players but we proved on the day we are more than a match.

“This is a game where the players can go in with belief and confidence. It is the last game before the break, they have nothing to save themselves for, just go and empty the tank and see what we can take away from there.”

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