Steven Gerrard says Celtic's Old Firm victor should not have stood

Arnold Nichols
September 3, 2018

Connor Goldson has played down the gap between Rangers and Celtic despite another Old Firm win for the Hoops on Sunday.

As he prepares his Rangers side for their first collision with Celtic under his management, Steven Gerrard has the benefit of first-hand exposure to the task posed by his former mentor, Brendan Rodgers.

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". It's actually a foul in the fourth official's book as well because he's shouting down the mic "foul, foul, foul". If we had lost the game today with a moment of class or a bit of brilliance form Celtic but the referee has cost us, for sure'.

The 38-year-old didn't share that assessment, saying he felt his players 'grew into the game'.

The Gers boss, who took charge of his first derby at Celtic Park, saw the hosts prevail 1-0 winners.


"I thought we did well, we frustrated them, probably gave them a little bit too much respect in the first-half with our distances and let them have a bit too much of the ball".

"We were just starting to build some momentum at that point and we were starting to get into the box, they were forcing things and making errors". Steven [Gerrard] has done well getting them organised so we had to be patience.

"We showed a calmness to play round them and play through them".

Celtic deservedly picked up all three points from the encounter, although Rangers could argue that the goal should not have counted due to a foul in the build-up.

"On the end of a busy week, in what has been a busy pre-season, it was an outstanding performance and there's a lot more to come from the squad".

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