Rangers fans criticise the performance of Ovie Ejaria in Celtic loss

Former Netherlands midfielder Aron Winter holds the slip of Rangers FC during the draw for UEFA Europa League football tournament at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco

Oliver Ntcham's second-half strike proved enough to give Celtic three points and move the Hoops into second place in the Scottish Premiership table.

Despite not having the best game of his career, Gerrard kept the Liverpool youngster on the pitch throughout the game, but the midfielder could not come up with the inspirational moment that was needed to have a positive impact on the match.

Celtic secured the points in the 62nd minute when Olivier Ntcham slotted home after a sweeping counter-attack initiated by the Australian playmaker, but the margin of victory could have been much wider at Parkhead on Sunday.

Gerrard, who expects to sign Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley when he returns from worldwide duty, said: "For me it is a foul and it is also a foul for the fourth official". I am honest. I will tell you what I see. For me it's a blatant foul, he's swept his legs.

Celtic skipper Scott Brown picked up an early booking from referee Willie Collum for a foul on Kyle Lafferty and there was some controversy in the 25th minute when Rangers goalkeeper McGregor, after punching clear a Callum McGregor free-kick, appeared to kick out at Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer who fell to the ground but play carried on.

Four minutes later Ryan Jack dispossessed the Celtic Captain just outside the area and sent in a right-foot shot from twenty yards that was just over.

"They know how to win, we know they are a good team but I see enough today to feel if we can get bodies back and new signings up to speed, I believe we can be a match for Celtic certainly in the next fixture".

For Rangers, though, it was the first defeat under Gerrard and one which left their manager very unhappy.

Their dominance was perhaps not reflected by the scoreline but Rodgers said: 'I thought we performed exceptionally.

It was a deserved 1-0 win for the champions and it stretched Rodgers' unbeaten record against Rangers to 12 games since he joined the Glasgow club in 2016.

Gerrard and his troops will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season a week on Saturday when they welcome Dundee to Ibrox.

'It was an outstanding win for us and a very good performance.' Gers boss Steven Gerrard felt Ryan Jack was fouled in the build-up to Celtic's victor but Rodgers disagreed. "Our only complaint is not scoring one or two more".

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