GLASGOW (Reuters) – Rangers manager Steven Gerrard’s first taste of the Old Firm derby proved a bitter one as Celtic emerged with a thoroughly-deserved 1-0 victory at Parkhead on Sunday.
Celtic secured the points in the 62nd minute when Olivier Ntcham slotted home after a sweeping counter-attack but while Gerrard argued that there had been a foul in the build-up the margin of victory could have been much wider.
Shortly before that Ntcham had forced Rangers keeper Allan McGregor into one of several great saves as Celtic dominated.
Celtic’s James Forrest rocked the crossbar with a 30-metre effort in the first half while Mikael Lustig was also denied by the woodwork when he nodded against the post from a corner.
Rangers offered little attacking threat in the first half and although they improved in the second, their 12-game unbeaten run came to an end as Gerrard’s former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers got the upper hand. Rodgers has now won 10 of his 12 Old Firm matches, drawing two.
Victory moved Celtic up to nine points, three behind leaders Hearts who have a 100 percent record from four matches played. Seventh-placed Rangers have five points.
Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis