Steven Gerrard emerged victorious in the Old Firm clash with his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as Rangers deservedly beat champions and bitter rivals Celtic 1-0 on Saturday.
It was Rodgers first experience of defeat in 13 meetings with Rangers and puts Gerrard’s side level on points with Celtic, though the latter stay top courtesy of a better goal difference. Celtic also have a game in hand.
Ryan Jack’s deflected goal on the half-hour mark proved the difference in a match that Rangers largely dominated against a strangely out-of-sorts Celtic.
The visitors were only supported by 750 of their fans as Rangers had slashed their usual ticket allowance of 7,000.
A delighted Gerrard, whose decision to take the job is bearing fruit thusfar despite many questioning the wisdom of his choice, said the victory was for the fans who had endured years of frustration.
“The players to a man were outstanding, all over the pitch,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.
“We were better to a man, we were the better team, we could have won it more comfortably.
Rodgers took defeat on the chin.
“I thought the best team won,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.
“Rangers played well. We had a lot of unforced mistakes and didn’t create as much as we would like so we’ve got no excuse.”