Steven Gerrard explains why Ntcham’s Old Firm goal shouldn’t have stood

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

It is the first defeat of Gerrard's managerial career, but he won't be too downhearted considering the progress his team have already made this season.

Having taken his first managerial role this summer, Gerrard had gone unbeaten in his first 12 games in charge of Rangers.

The former Liverpool and England captain, who worked under Rodgers at Liverpool, admitted Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor was fortunate not to be punished for flicking a leg at Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer in the first half.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard told the club's official website: "I said we were talking about giving Alfredo a new deal and I am delighted to confirm we have now done exactly that".

Replays seem to confirm that Jack, in fact, slipped. And, according to the Rangers' manager, fourth official John Beaton had reacted to Tom Rogic's tackle on Ryan Jack by shouting "foul, foul, foul" into his mic, though, amidst the hullabaloo, it would have been understandable if referee Willie Collum was unable to hear.

They are a good team and we respect them.

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

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That has led to a furious dispute between Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the beginning of this season. The 33-year-old's next chance to break his duck will be in Turin against Sassuolo on September 16 after the global break.

Amid the frenzied atmosphere it was a moment of real quality midway through the second half that finally gave Celtic a deserved lead. The first-half we didn't play enough and we didn't make enough passes, although our shape was OK.

Speaking after the game, Brown was in defiant mood about the result: "From start to finish, we dictated".

"We've beaten them here and over at Ibrox". But the home side could have won by a far more emphatic scoreline such was their dominance. That he had not played in three weeks showed.

"We had one or two decent openings - one from Morelos produced a good save then one from James (Tavernier) might have worked the 'keeper a bit more".

McGregor stood no chance with the Frenchman's goal, while Leigh Griffiths clipped the outside of the post late on as Celtic move within three points of early league leaders Hearts.

"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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