Boyd spent two spells at Rangers Defoe feels blessed at ‘amazing’ Rangers, reveals Gazza conversation 2 Karamoko Dembele ‘chooses’ who he will play for internationally Liverpool starlet set to join Rangers and replace flop summer signing Rangers team up with hummel UK to launch eco-friendly ZEROH2O kit Every one of Celtic’s fixtures for the new season in full “Last year it was two full-backs who were high and wide; yes, they were good going forward, but you could get in behind them.“With [Jon] Flanagan coming in, if [James] Tavernier goes forward he gives that balance of almost playing with three centre-halves alongside [Nikola] Katic and [Connor] Goldson. So they are not as open.” WAT ABOUT THAT true love Edinburgh derby: Three men charged following fan trouble during fiery clash Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos NO PLACE This should be a worry for Gerrard, according to Boyd, who feels Rangers will not be able to catch Celtic unless the Parkhead club bring it on themselves by drastically worsening their on-pitch performances.“I think to close the gap you probably need Celtic to come down a level,” Boyd, who spent two spells at Ibrox, told talkSPORT.“Steven Gerrard is a winner and Rangers Football Club are used to winning, but I think there needs to be a realisation of where this club is at this moment in time.“But there is definitely an improvement that’s been made.“Last year Rangers scored more goals in the league than Celtic, but it was the defensive area that let them down. They seem to have strengthened that this year. LANGUAGE BARRIER McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso decision dom’s the man KICK-OFF scrap Gerrard has had a busy summer strengthening Rangers’ squad, and he has started his first ever coaching role positively, having guided the Glasgow club through two Europa League qualifying rounds to book a third round tie against Maribor, which will be played next Thursday.However, the Liverpool legend will only come under real scrutiny when the league campaign kicks off, with Rangers’ performances in relation to Celtic the true marker of just how well Gerrard is doing. 2 Gerrard was named Rangers manager earlier this year Top stories in Scottish football Listen to Ally McCoist’s heartfelt tribute to late Rangers icon Fernando Ricksen A FIGHTER Kris Boyd believes his former club Rangers will only be able to close the gap on Celtic if the Hoops get worse.The Scottish Premiership gets under way this weekend, with Celtic hosting Livingston on Saturday afternoon, then Rangers visiting Aberdeen a day later.Under new manager Steven Gerrard, the Gers will be hoping to end Celtic’s dominance of Scottish football, though they will need to be much better than they were last term, when the Ibrox club finished 12 points behind the Hoops – and even behind Aberdeen.