Connor Goldson: ‘The way people spoke I thought Celtic were Barcelona’

Tyler Owen
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.

Gerrard, though, insists his team should have had a foul in the build up to Ntcham's victor, as Tom Rogic dispossessed Ryan Jack in Celtic territory.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard expressed his disappointment with referee Willie Collum after losing his first Old Firm clash against Celtic.

Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley will sign for boyhood heroes Rangers today after medical. "I've been around the game a very long time, and that's a foul in my book".

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

"I thought they were going to be like Barcelona". "I have seen it again five times and it is a foul".

Yesterday was the former England international's first defeat in his 13 games as a manager. I said "you can now go if you can get the move"'. Of course I will speak to him. He added: 'I didn't see it as a foul.

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"We asked the players to have a bit more courage in possession, play a bit better, and I thought in the second 45 we made it a contest and were much better", said Gerrard.

However, they already enjoy a four-point lead over Rangers just four games into the Scottish Premiership season and close to within three points of early pacesetters Hearts. There wasn't a lot of contact from both really.

Kilmarnock forward Eamon Brophy reckons he is chasing down Kris Boyd in fight for a regular spot in Steve Clarke's side after making the most of his starting place against Aberdeen.

McGregor then took full advantage of his reprieve to paw away Odsonne Edouard's back-post header as the visitors withstood intense pressure to somehow go into the break level. "It was an outstanding win for us and equally a very good performance and I am delighted".

Celtic dominated and could have won more comfortably but Gerrard insists he saw enough from his side to be confident of a win when the sides next meet. They have been together for fully two years and they have experience - winning experience - and we have been together for something like twelve weeks.

'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'.

"Rangers have been blown away, annihilated, scorelines that are not acceptable in this game. We will definitely give everything and we just need to go on a run ourselves now after the worldwide break and win games and see where it takes us".

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