Seventeen games in and Ally McCoist's side lead SPFL League 1 by 14 points, having lost no games, drawn only once and conceded just eight goals. All that is left to be decided as they enter the new year is just how soon they can wrap up the championship.
Given the lack of competition, motivation could be a problem for the Rangers players in the second half of the season but that does not wash with McCoist. The manager wants his players to be relentless as they close in on the title, to continually drive themselves on even if there is nobody breathing down their necks for added inspiration. "It's a self-pride and a self-motivation that they have to find within themselves," said McCoist. "We can keep them going to a certain extent.
"It's just something that Rangers players have been faced with for 140 years - you have to get yourself motivated for every game. There have been periods when our club has been way ahead in league competitions, but they kept going.
"The players owe it to the fans, you saw them [away to Dunfermline Athletic]. I thought they were magnificent. They were unhappy on Boxing Day [when Rangers drew 1-1 with Stranraer], and rightly so, but some true and great supporters came to [the game on Monday night]. That in itself must be a motivation for all the players."
The other source of motivation may be rather more hostile. Rangers' visit to East End Park brought about a sell-out crowd, the home fans among the 10,000-strong gate enjoying the occasion and taking the opportunity to taunt their visitors. Having not long emerged from their own insolvency event, there was an irony about the Dunfermline fans mocking Rangers for going into liquidation. "You're not Rangers any more", they chanted gleefully, although they then muddied the waters somewhat by adding that it was the "same old Rangers, always cheating".
Bilel Mohsni, the flamboyant Rangers defender, also came in for a bit of old-fashioned stick, much to the Frenchman's bemusement.
The numbers will not be so great when Rangers travel to the Excelsior Stadium tomorrow night but chances are the occasion will be just as antagonistic. Airdrieonian pride will have been stung by their concession of six goals the last time the Ibrox side were in town and that, plus the chance to hand Rangers their first defeat of the season, will likely have the home fans fired up.
McCoist hoped that kind of backdrop would work in his side's favour. "That atmosphere [at Dunfermline] was great," added the manager . "We all enjoyed it and it was like a throwback. It's been a while since we've had that atmosphere. The Dunfermline boys looked as though they enjoyed it as well, because they were all up for the game. If that's the case, that's great, because that's the kind of atmosphere you want to play your football in.
"It is a bit of a surprise [for players like Mohsni], but he loved it. He was clapping the Dunfermline supporters. He's a larger than life character, but hopefully [the players] can use that [atmosphere] to push them on and continue the push up the leagues. [The abuse] is great. I had a career on it. I used to be disappointed if I wasn't getting shirracked from the opposition fans. You've got to use it. It can help."
Amid talk of possible financial cuts at Ibrox, the emergence of several young players in the Rangers side has been timely. Fraser Aird and Robbie Crawford scored the first and last goals respectively in Rangers' 4-0 win over Dunfermline. Aird, the 18-year-old Scots-Canadian, is happy to be making an impact. "I've just been working my socks off in training and when I've got the chance, just gone and played for the team and I think I did that the other night," he said. "I put in a shift and got myself a wee goal, which is always good for the confidence.
"The gaffer has been playing me so obviously it shows he has confidence in me and I just need to show them that's it worthwhile playing me and I can stay in the team. Another goal to round off my 2013 is always good and hopefully I can kick on from here and keep it up in 2014."