RANGERS manager Steven Gerrard yesterday claimed referee Willie Collum wrongly ignored the advice of fourth official John Beaton before Celtic broke to score their victor in a feisty Premiership derby at Parkhead.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard appears dejected after the final whistle.
'They are a good team but if we can get bodies back and new signings up to speed, we can be a match for Celtic in the next fixture'.
"I thought we performed exceptionally". "Maybe we were too deep in the first half but we were frustrating them". They are a good team and we respect them.
The Ibrox Boss did attempt to put the game into some kind of perspective, given where Rangers were before he arrived. "We have played a lot of football and the whole team needs a rest", he said. Rangers have been blown away in previous derby games.completely annihilated and scorelines that are not acceptable.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was understandably delighted after watching his Bhoys extend their Old Firm unbeaten run to 12 games.
The second-half was certainly better from an Ibrox perspective.
"It's definitely a foul", the former Liverpool skipper said. "We kept the ball better and we made passes and created a few decent openings". He is shouting down his microphone, "foul, foul, foul". I spoke to him (the referee) and he disagreed but when he sees it (again) I think he will change his mind.
The International break is one that Gerrad welcomes. With a little more quality we could have got a goal.
"Okay, today the result didn't go our way, but it's our first defeat together so it's a setback, but we have to learn from our setbacks and take it on the chin".
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Atletico Madrid, AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund were drawn together in an evenly-balanced Group A completed by Club Bruges. Monaco did not make it out the group stages a year ago after their 2017 semi-final, and Dortmund failed at the same stage.
He said: "I think he has lashed out. Obviously, Thursday night was a big moment - the first thing we've achieved together as a team".
Rangers had defended resolutely up until that point, but were undone by a swift Celtic counter.
Gerrard made two changes from Russian Federation with Borna Barisic and Kyle Lafferty coming in for Jon Flanagan and Daniel Candeias. "Our only complaint is not scoring one or two more".
He would return to that Celtic Park dressing room defeated, but only after he had waited for the match officials at the tunnel entrance to release more fume into an already febrile atmosphere.
Rangers opened promisingly with Scott Brown receiving the first yellow card of the afternoon for a tenth minute foul on Lafferty.
A Frenchman sealing a Celtic victory in a game against Rangers has been a recurring narrative around these parts for some time.
After Forrest and Mikael Lustig had hit the woodwork in the space of two minutes - the former with a dipping half volley from the edge of the box which clattered off the crossbar and the latter with a header - Odsonne Edouard then had a header with which he looked destined to score.
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 the 1-0 win. Celtic broke quickly to the other end with Forrest squaring for Ntcham to turn the ball home.
Sixty seconds later however Alfredo Morelos nearly produced an equaliser out of thin air when he overpowered Dedryck Boyata on the left only to see his angled drive turned wide by Craig Gordon.
Rangers' James Tavernier in action against Celtic's Callum McGregor.