Jubilant Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says ‘people will take notice’ of his side following historic Old Firm de

Jubilant Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says ‘people will take notice’ of his side following historic Old Firm de

Steven Gerrard believes ‘a lot of people will take notice’ of Rangers following their brilliant 2-1 win over bitter rivals Celtic.

Nikola Katic’s header gave Gers a first league win at Celtic Park since 2010, cutting the deficit at the top to two points at the winter break.

Gerrard was jubilant after full time

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Gerrard was jubilant after full time

“We showed that we’re big players and a big team collectively,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.

“Hopefully a lot of people will take notice of that performance. It’s a big win because this club hasn’t had much success here for a long time.

“You have to think about everything that’s been said in the build up, about Celtic and the run they’re on and the form they’re in.

“So we’ve come here and faced a really big challenge and a good team, and again we’ve dominated the majority of the game so the players deserve an awful lot of credit.”

He added: “Celtic are a fantastic team, you only have to look at the recent years and what they have achieved.

“They have serial winners in the team. This is a big challenge for me and all the players but we are doing everything we can to take the challenge to them.

“It is a big moment for the team and the club because it has been through too much pain here, too many defeats and setbacks and knocks.

“It is a big win and huge win because we have come here and dominated again against a very good team, a successful team and a team we have respect for because of what they have achieved.”

Kent gave the visitors the lead in the first half

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Kent gave the visitors the lead in the first half

Prior to the fiery encounter at Celtic Park, Neil Lennon’s side had won 11 straight Premiership games and had not lost domestically since the final day of the 2017-18 season.

But Gerrard’s side dominated from the start, and after keeper Allan McGregor saved a Ryan Christie penalty, Ryan Kent fired the visitors ahead before the break.

The hosts responded six minutes later when Callum McGregor’s shot deflected in off the hand of Odsonne Edouard, but Katic’s towering header ended as the winner.

And former Liverpool captain said he had ‘no complaints’ about Alfredo Morelos’ stoppage-time red card after he was given a second yellow for diving.

It is his seventh red card since joining the club in 2017, albeit one was rescinded, and he appeared to make throat-slitting gestures are he left the field.

“We have no complaints on it,” said Gerrard.

“He was a handful again for the whole game, he did some incredible stuff.

“His emotions got the better of him at the end of the game but I think that frustration might have come from the fact that (Christopher) Jullien never got a straight red card moments before it because it is a clear foul on the edge of the box.”

Gerrard is now hoping to remain consistent in 2020 when league action resumes after a three-week break.

“We’re always trying to move forward,” he said. “We know this is a big victory and a big moment but there’s a lot of work to do. We’ve improved, but it’s about building on this now; no complacency.

“We’re trying to create a team here with big players who don’t understand when they’re beaten.”