Motherwell boss Mark McGhee has conceded his dream of catching the Old Firm this season following the 3-1 defeat to Rangers on Boxing Day.
McGhee admitted after the game that his side can now only aim for third place in the SPL behind Celtic and Rangers, with eight points currently separating them from top of the table Celtic.
Daniel Cousin fired Rangers ahead at Ibrox before Paul Quinn pulled Well even shortly after the break.
A Chris Porter own goal signalled the end for the visitors before Kris Boyd came off the bench to score in injury time and despite the scoreline flattering Rangers, McGhee believes his side needed to win to keep within reach of the top two.
"Now that they are six points ahead of us with two games in hand, we are never going to catch Rangers," McGhee said.
"I think we would be kidding ourselves on. The rest of us are now playing for third spot. We needed to win at Ibrox on Wednesday, or at least, not get beaten.
"They will win one of those games [in hand] so for us to win three more games than Rangers between now and the end of the season is unlikely."