MX23RW : Tuesday, March 31 01:40:48| >> :600:225899:225899:
Dec 29, 2018 at 12.30pm UK at Ibrox Stadium (Glasgow)
Attendance: 49,863
RangersRangers
1-0
Celtic
Jack (30')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Steven Gerrard keeping calm after Rangers end Celtic's Old Firm dominance

Steven Gerrard keeping calm after Rangers end Celtic's Old Firm dominance
© Reuters
Gerrard masterminded the Gers' first Old Firm league victory since 2012.

Steven Gerrard admitted Rangers cannot afford to stand still after their Old Firm success if they want to overtake Celtic in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The Ibrox boss masterminded Gers' first league victory over their bitter foes for almost seven years as his fired-up side smothered the Hoops into submission.

Saturday's 1-0 triumph – sealed by Ryan Jack's first-half winner – moves the Light Blues level on 42 points with Brendan Rodgers' champions, who still have a game in hand.

Gerrard was appointed to bridge the huge gulf in glass that had opened up between Glasgow's big two since his former Liverpool manager took over across the city.

But the Rangers chief knows that while his men put on an "A plus" display, Celtic could not have played much worse.

That was the perfect storm for his side but Gerrard insists he will need January reinforcements if his side are to weather the challenges ahead.

"I think that at a club this size you can't stand still," said the Rangers boss, who will next week fly his side out to Tenerife for a winter break training camp.

"You need to keep striving to improve and grow in all areas of the pitch, myself included.

"We need to try and strengthen in certain areas so we won't stand still and milk this moment. We'll enjoy the win and then we'll have a rest and get back on the horse and get ready to go again. But we still have a lot of hard work to do.

"We're now off for five or six days to allow the players to recover.

"We've been non-stop since June 15 so the players need some family time. We worked on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so they deserve time to rest up. We'll then go abroad to the sun and push them again with a mini pre-season.

"We'll try and get bodies back available so I can pick the strongest side at the end of January."

Gers dominated Rodgers' men but Gerrard know a Parkhead side that has chalked up seven straight league titles will bounce back.

"Listen, Celtic are still the favourites," he said. "They're still the team to beat.

"I'm not going to sit here and brag because we've beat Celtic once. We have respect for the opposition and the other teams in the league.

"It's a very difficult league and Celtic are still the favourites. But what we have shown today is that when we find a level then we are more than a match for them."

Winger Ryan Kent returned from a two-month injury lay-off to tee up Jack's decisive strike and told RangersTV: "I'm over the moon. Since I did my first injury I've been grafting and I managed to get back in time for an unbelievable game.

"I was a little bit rusty but I was expecting that after almost two months out. I was delighted to get the assist for Jacko.

"I saw what it meant to the fans and everyone associated with Rangers Football Club. We can't get carried away with that though, to us it's just three points."

ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'});
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Andy Newport, Press Association Sport');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', '185ef3f0-9e7b-466f-b916-ad82815319d9');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:club-news,paservice:sport:football,paservice:sport:uk');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football');
ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Steven Gerrard keeping calm after Rangers end Celtic\u2019s Old Firm dominance'});

ID:345500:

Click here for more stories about Steven Gerrard

Click here for more stories about Rangers

Share this article now:
Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack celebrates scoring their first goal against Celtic on December 29, 2018.
Read Next:
Ryan Jack: Rangers have overcome psychological hurdle against Celtic
>
Latest Sports Video
Did you know...?
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.
Read more about Steven Gerrard Football

rhs 2.0
Live scores banner
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Celtic30262289197080
2RangersRangers29214464194567
3Motherwell30144124138346
4Aberdeen3012994036445
5Livingston30109114139239
6Hibernian30910114249-737
7St Johnstone2981292846-1836
8Kilmarnock3096153141-1033
9St Mirren3078152441-1729
10Ross County3078152960-3129
11Hamilton AcademicalHamilton3069153050-2027
12Hearts30411153152-2123

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!