Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has exclaimed that his side are rightfully at the top of the log as he was awarded the Scottish Premiership manager of the month accolade.
Forward Alfredo Morelos was named the Player of the Month for September after he scored thrice in the month and putting on impressive displays for Rangers.
A 5-0 thriller over Hamilton Academical in Rangers first league game of October took the side to two points clear of Celtic.
“We are under no illusions how tough it will be to stay there,” Gerrard was quoted by BBC Sport.
“We have to embrace the pressure and aim to stay there, but it’s always nice to sit top. We certainly deserve to be there.”
Rangers lost 2-0 at home to archrivals Celtic on September 1 and that powered them to change their strategies and now they find themselves with five wins in a row, including a Europa League victory over Feyenoord.
“It is a collective effort. We as a staff can’t collect these unless the players are doing the job on the pitch and the players have been fantastic for the majority of the season.”
“Alfredo deserves it,” Gerrard said. “I am always pleased to see my players get individual accolades. He has been in fine form, enjoying his football and looking deadly in the penalty area.
“It is always nice for them from a personal point of view, but the important thing or us all is that we keep pushing hard to try achieve things collectively because that is the main part of our job.”
On Rangers game against Hearts, Gerrard said: “I think Hearts have the talent and the management staff to move up the league. Every time I watch them, you can’t fault them on effort and commitment.
“It will be tough. Tynecastle is always a tough place to go with the fans right close to the pitch. It is not a place you can go and under-perform.”