Steven Gerrard goes after the referee following defeat to Celtic

Steven Gerrard goes after the referee following defeat to Celtic

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.

Former Liverpool boss Rodgers came up against his ex-player Gerrard on the touchline, in the latter's biggest day as a manager yet.

Gerrard, however, watched Celtic dominate the Ladbrokes Premiership encounter with James Forrest and Mikael Lustig hitting the woodwork and Gers keeper Allan McGregor tipping an Ntcham drive on to the crossbar before the French midfielder struck in the 62nd minute with a breakaway goal.

The sides will face each other again later this year, with Celtic travelling to Ibrox on 29th December.

Rangers were in action in Russian Federation on Thursday and had to play with just nine men for a portion of the game, and Gerrard opted to sit back off Celtic at Parkhead.

"Rangers have been blown away in previous derby games, completely annihilated with scorelines that are not acceptable".

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"We were both satisfied", said Gerrard. It's an important three points for us.

Rangers now sit a disappointing seventh in the Scottish Premiership having only taken five points from four games.

"It's a set-back today, the result", Gerrard added.

"We had Aberdeen away, Motherwell away, Celtic away in our first four, and away to Kilmarnock in the cup sandwiched in the middle of that".

"This team have given me every bit of sweat, blood and tears and in this first 12-14 weeks we have been together, I have asked major questions of them and they have answered them".

"If we'd lost the game with a moment of class or brilliance from Celtic I'd have held my hands up, but the referee's cost us for sure".

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