Connor Goldson plays down gap between Celtic and Rangers

Former Netherlands midfielder Aron Winter holds the slip of Rangers FC during the draw for UEFA Europa League football tournament at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco

Former Netherlands midfielder Aron Winter holds the slip of Rangers FC during the draw for UEFA Europa League football tournament at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco

"He has brought in some good players and they have got good tactical discipline in their game, so he had done very well".

"The first half, we didn't make enough passes even though our shape was OK but I feel we've been done by a refereeing decision".

Gerrard set his team up to defend and Celtic duly dominated, tactics which have attracted criticism from many on social media.

"I thought we performed exceptionally".

Rangers are reportedly set to bring Gareth McAuley to Ibrox.

He said: "We have got quality all over the park".

It was a exhausted performance from the men from Ibrox, which was understandable after they were playing in Russian Federation in the Europa League qualifiers just 60hrs prior to the Old Firm derby. "We'll be better the next time the "Old Firm" derby comes around".

That clearly played a part in the Rangers display, and it might be that the occasion was a little too big for one or two of their youngsters.

The loss of the only goal of the game to Olivier Ntcham was a bitter blow for Gerrard, given that he was adamant that a foul had been committed in the build-up.

Gerrard, who expects to sign Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley when he returns from global duty, said: "For me it is a foul and it is also a foul for the fourth official".

I spoke to him (the referee) and he disagreed but when he sees it (again) I think he will change his mind. "It's frustrating that it's a clear foul". "We will get closer".

"Which given where we've come from, would have been a satisfactory result".

He said: "I think he has lashed out". "We were the team looking for the equaliser".

Gerrard made two changes from Russian Federation with Borna Barisic and Kyle Lafferty coming in for Jon Flanagan and Daniel Candeias.

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.

With just 800 visiting fans amongst a packed Celtic Park housing 58,865 spectators, the atmosphere was certainly different from previous encounters between the two great rivals - but nevertheless the electricity and tension around Celtic Park remained much as before.

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

Odsonne Edouard might have done better than direct his header straight at McGregor from namesake Calum's cross - but the Light Blue goal survived intact until the interval.

Moments later, Celtic hit the crossbar twice in the space of a manic minute. He is shouting down his microphone, "foul, foul, foul". Celtic broke quickly to the other end with Forrest squaring for Ntcham to turn the ball home.

McGregor then pushed an Ntcham free-kick past his near post for a corner which came to nothing.

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