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That’s according to Sir Kenny Dalglish, who thinks the displays of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis in particular will provide huge optimism.

Veteran striker Defoe joined the Light Blues on an 18-month loan deal from Premier League side Bournemouth back in January and contributed six goals and five assists in 12 league outings despite being 36.

Midfielder Davis’ second stint at Ibrox started slowly but once he found his feet, the 34-year-old’s influence grew exponentially and the loanee has signed a one-year contract to rejoin Rangers permanently this summer.

And Celtic legend Dalglish, who also shares a link with former player Gerrard having been his manager at Liverpool, believes the performances of players like the pair will help fuel Rangers’ hope that they can disturb Celtic’s dominance next season.

The Hoops have won eight straight league titles and this Saturday can secure their third successive domestic treble in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts.

Rangers have spent time in the country’s lower divisions during that time but their best Premiership finish since their top-flight return is this year’s second place spot while their best cup run was finishing as runners up to Hibernian in the Scottish Cup three years ago.

Yet according to Dalglish, Gerrard will be as increasingly confident that he can help bring an end to Celtic’s domestic superiority in 2019-20.

Dalglish wrote in his Sunday Post column: “When you see the performances in recent weeks of players such as Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis, that has to give Steven optimism for next season.

“He will not underestimate Celtic and their strengths, but he will have a belief about him.

“The key is seeing that same desire and confidence from his players.

“He will also want to see the players show much better discipline.

“Having another 12 or 13 red cards next season will only lead to them failing to lift the big prizes.

“Steven knows ability is vital, but self-control and the correct temperament is every bit as important.

“It’s a message he has had to hammer home all season.

“He will not be of a mind to keep repeating it next season.”

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