Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Derby defeat shows long road still ahead of Gerrard to catch Celtic

Derby defeat shows long road still ahead of Gerrard to catch Celtic

"We played against a team that's been together for two years, with a lot more experience", added Gerrard. Rangers fans who have had the misfortune to witness this sequence bear mental scar tissue from the brutality of some of the beatings.

Steven Gerrard's first taste of the Glasgow derby ended in defeat.

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.

Ejaria has had an up and down start at the Gers so far this summer, with a number of initially frustrating performances eventually making way for exceptional displays, most recently away to Russian side FC Ufa. "He has brought in some good players and they have got good tactical discipline in their game, so he had done very well".

"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".

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"I'm not saying 1-0 is acceptable but I've seen enough today to believe we can match Celtic in this fixture and that we're going in the right direction".

"We still have a lot of work to do breaking away, it was very impressive".

Rangers have now not won a league derby since March 2012.

Speaking to RangersTV Goldson said: "We are down, it is a massive game and we went into it unbeaten and we wanted to carry that on".

"We had one or two decent openings - one from Morelos produced a good save then one from James (Tavernier) might have worked the 'keeper a bit more".

This may not have been as humiliating for Rangers as the drubbings they suffered in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden last April or in the final Premiership match against Celtic at Parkhead in May. And he is hopeful that given more time to gel and prepare, having arrived back in Glasgow in the early hours of Friday morning from a Europa League trip to Russia, Rangers will be in a better position to strike back when the sides meet again at the end of December.

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