Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

One-sided affair proves a sobering experience for cool, composed Steven Gerrard

One-sided affair proves a sobering experience for cool, composed Steven Gerrard

In the 62nd minute, Hoops midfielder Tom Rogic tangled with Ryan Jack, leaving the Light Blues player prostrate, before racing up the park where midfielder Olivier Ntcham finished off the move for a 1-0 victory.

Celtic's Tom Rogic battles with Rangers' Ryan Jack.

As Gerrard was keen to point out, Celtic do though maintain the core that have made a habit of winning.

Rangers should have been reduced to 10 men in the 25th minute, but the officials failed to spot Allan McGregor's petulant kick at Kristoffer Ajer off the ball.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard appears dejected after the final whistle.

"I think we've done ever so well".

His role has shifted now because he has to find a way for others to do it for him. But, regardless of whether it was a free-kick, the challenge occurred in the middle of the Celtic half.

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It may very well be a different story when these two clubs next meet in December - when Rangers will not have travelled overseas for a fortnight, will have just shy of 50,000 of their fans behind them and will, in all likelihood, be a far more cohesive unit after half a year together.

Here, they had hit the crossbar three times in the same timeframe, but had otherwise only once found a way to stretch a Rangers back four - which included three new faces (and six overall) to a fixture not always kind on newcomers, particularly those as young as the ones representing Rangers.

"There have been games where things haven't gone for us but we will continue to grow, we have people coming back from injury, and we have quality on the bench too".

It was a deserved 1-0 win for the champions and it stretched Rodgers' unbeaten record against Rangers to 12 games since he joined the Glasgow club in 2016.

Their dominance was perhaps not reflected by the scoreline but Rodgers said: 'I thought we performed exceptionally.

The home side started the second half as tenaciously as they had finished the first and in the 50th minute McGregor tipped a powerful long-range drive from Ntcham on to the bar before Celtic's McGregor gave away a foul in his attempt to get to the rebound. "Our only complaint is not scoring one or two more".

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