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Rangers 4-3 Queen of the South, Things we learned: Are Celtic going to destroy us?

Rangers won a bizarre game against Queen of the South at Ibrox, but is there some serious cause for concern?

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Rangers held on for a 4-3 win at Ibrox against Queen of the South to leave them potentially one game away from the title.

It was a bizarre game, with Rangers flying out of the traps and quickly establishing a lead through Harry Forrester, before a shocking remainder of the first half and a Queens equaliser led to boos and groans as the team went in at half-time with the scores level.

Rangers exploded onto the pitch for the second half however, quickly scoring three quite brilliant goals, with Michael O'Halloran, Andy Halliday and James Tavernier finishing off superb passing moves to put the game seemingly out of reach for Queens. But more shocking defending let the opposition back in, and in the end Rangers were hanging on for the three points.

So, are we going to get taken apart by Celtic? Or will we simply score more than them? Here's a couple of things we learned:

1. There's probably no need to panic about the defence

As we've seen many times this season, this defence is not good enough at actual defending to be able to keep clean sheets by themselves. They need protection, and for the whole team to do the dirty work. This is normal and desirable - if you want your defenders to score goals, you also need your goalscorers to defend, and it's the basis of any team that aspires to fluidity and aesthetics, as we do.

Today, Dominic Ball had a poor performance and it showed. Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan were that-one-lassie-in-your-halls-at-uni level bombscares and the team shipped three goals at home to a poor Queens side. But there's no need to fear what Celtic's mob of out-of-shape flat-track bullies might do to us. They'll be by far the best attack we've faced, yes, but we won't completely switch off as we have done in the past couple of games.

The Old Firm, as you may be aware, is quite a big game, and it casts a shadow over the build-up like no other fixture in Britain gets anywhere near to. As much as Mr Warburton says 'our focus is only on the next game', players are obviously going to get distracted, take their eye off the ball in the league, shite out of tackles for fear of missing the big one through injury, and so on. It's natural. They are, ultimately, a team of humans. It'll be alright on the night. Trust us.

2. Kenny Miller is magic

GTBFO still isn't 'sure that Kenneth should be getting too many minutes next season, but there's a case to say that Miller ought to be our player of the season which nobody has made. We will, then, briefly do so here, despite our staunch #BothVotesBarrieMcKay leanings.

He's been excellent at both link-up play and in scoring goals, he's got very important goals both from starting and off the bench, he has the most 'pre-assists' - we're reliably informed - in the team, he's been extremely consistent all season and he's been an exemplary professional.

There. Just don't get involved with this 'is he a legend?' debate. Rule number one in the Big Boys' Guide To Being A Rangers Legend: Don't sign for Celtic. He's a good guy and he's been a good player this season. That's plenty.