It was a free weekend for Rangers but Steven Gerrard's side remain tantalisingly close to clinching the title.

The Premiership leaders sit 15 points clear of rivals Celtic with a game in hand after interim boss John Kennedy secured a narrow victory over Aberdeen on Saturday.

Rangers weren't on the league fixture card due to Livingston's involvement in the Betfred Cup Final but it does mean they can potentially stretch their lead to 21 points before Celtic next take to the field.

It would, perhaps decisively, leave their Parkhead rivals with no more room for error.

Gerrard's team visit the Tony Macaroni Arena on Wednesday, one of the few venues at which they've dropped points this term, before hosting St Mirren on Saturday.

Celtic, meanwhile, head for Tannadice on Sunday.

They could arrive on Tayside facing the very real prospect of needing to avoid defeat to keep Rangers at bay for another week.

If Rangers win their next two games and Celtic lose to Dundee United, the faltering champions would be 21 points adrift with only 18 left to play for.

That would be enough to take the title back to Ibrox even before the March 21 derby at Celtic Park.

Celtic haven't lost in their previous six visits to Tannadice, however, the last being a 2-1 reverse in December 2014.

Two future Celtic players - Nadir Ciftci and Stuart Armstrong - scored for the Terrors that day, with Leigh Griffiths pulling one back for the visitors.

Even if Rangers were to draw one of their next two, a Celtic defeat against United - creating a 19 point gap - would still be enough to end the title race.

Arguably the most likely outcome is both Rangers and Celtic win all their games over the next week and remain on course for a derby that could see title decided in the derby.