Kenny Miller fired Rangers to within touching distance of Celtic again - then admitted the prospect of falling seven points behind their bitter rivals was unthinkable.
That was the scenario facing the Scottish champions had Celtic left Ibrox with all three points from the first Old Firm derby of the season. Instead, two early goals from Miller proved to be enough for Rangers to come out on top and slash Celtic's lead to a single point, after Aiden McGeady had pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.
"It was a massive win for us," admitted the striker. "Even at this early stage of the season, losing and going seven points behind wasn't even worth thinking about."
He added: "Even a draw and four points behind would have been difficult to claw back. So the win was vital for us."
The victory may have given Rangers a psychological boost but Miller is well aware Celtic still have the advantage where it counts.
"We are just happy with the win but we are still behind them in the league table," he continued.
"For us it was just important to get the win. They've still got the advantage, they are still a point up."
Rangers had found themselves under pressure after drawing a blank in their last three Clydesdale Bank Premier League outings, and Miller was thrilled with his early double.
"I'm over the moon," he said. "Goals have been hard to come by recently and we've not been firing as a team as a whole, not just the strikers.
"So it was good to get the goals early and hang on for the win. There was some great defending and some big performances."
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