Celtic rumour mill: Reaction to Hoops victory over Rangers

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Steven Gerrard's first taste of the Old Firm derby ended in defeat as Olivier Ntcham's goal handed Celtic a 1-0 win on Sunday and Brendan Rodgers first blood in his battle with the former Liverpool captain. He is shouting down his microphone, "foul, foul, foul". It's blatant. For me, it's 100 per cent a foul. He has swept his legs.

"It's actually a foul in the fourth official's book as I can hear him going down the mic, 'Foul, foul, foul'". I wondered why he hasn't seen a clear swipe from Rogic on Jack.

Rodgers was pleased with his team's latest victory over their bitter rivals but was frustrated they 'didn't score one or two more'.

"I am not going to say they are not a good team".

While the scoreline was far more respectable for the visitors than on their last visit to Celtic Park when Celtic sealed the title with a 5-0 rout in May, there was little change in the general flow of the game from Rodgers' first two seasons in which Celtic have pummelled Rangers on their way to back-to-back domestic trebles.

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Speaking after the 1-0 defeat at Celtic Park, Gerrard revealed what he's got planned for the upcoming global break.

'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. And he is hopeful that given more time to gel and prepare, having arrived back in Glasgow in the early hours of Friday morning from a Europa League trip to Russia, Rangers will be in a better position to strike back when the sides meet again at the end of December. What is most important is the referee, Willie Collum, was right on the spot so he sees it.

"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". Dembele, who tweeted cryptic criticisms of Celtic before sealing the deal, boasted of forcing the move after joining Lyon for £19million, and Rodgers was unimpressed. I just went in and had a calm chat. Once he said that, it was fine.

He said: "I think he has lashed out".