Connor Goldson plays down gap between Celtic and Rangers

Ruben Holloway
September 3, 2018

- Steven Gerrard admitted Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor was fortunate not to be punished for flicking a leg at Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer in the first half.

The victory stretched Brendan Rodgers' unbeaten record against Rangers to 12 games since arriving at Parkhead in 2016 as Celtic moved into second place, three points behind Hearts while Gerrard's side have five points from 12 and sit in seventh position.

"It's definitely a foul", the former Liverpool skipper said.

After striking the crossbar three times, the hosts finally got the breakthrough they deserved after 62 minutes as a flowing counter-attack saw James Forrest send a cool pass across goal for Olivier Ntcham to deliver the decisive blow.

"The referee's ignored the information and they go and score a goal". I wondered why he hasn't seen a clear swipe from Rogic on Jack.

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'I just asked Moussa, "can you tell me that you received promises from me or any member of Celtic?"

'The referee in the middle has ignored that advice but for me it is a blatant foul.

"If we'd lost the game with a moment of class or brilliance from Celtic I'd have held my hands up, but the referee's cost us for sure".

"It is a chance for us to get [Lassana] Coulibaly fit, [Eros] Grezda fit and [Graham] Dorrans fit - players that will help us become better and stronger". But there's still work to do.

Their dominance was perhaps not reflected by the scoreline but Rodgers said: 'I thought we performed exceptionally. They are a good team and we respect them.

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"Hopefully, in the near future we'll get more training time and when Celtic next come around, we'll turn up for 90 minutes and not just the 45 today in the second half".

"Okay, today, the result didn't go our way, but it is our first defeat together so it is a setback, but we have to learn and grow and bottle this pain and frustration and try and use it in our favour after the break".

"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".

"Some players will go away on worldwide duty, and we hope they come back healthy", the Liverpool legend said.

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