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Rangers derby triumph in quotes from Steven Gerrard, players and pundits as Celtic Park 'trouncing' is hailed

Daily Record logoDaily Record 18/10/2020 21:23:25 Adam Miller

It's been a triumphant weekend for everyone connected with Rangers.

Steven Gerrard's men extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to four points thanks to a 2-0 win at the home of their greatest rivals.

While Celtic were left to lick their wounds, Rangers spent the aftermath revelling in their most comfortable derby victory in years.

Gerrard hailed his side's performance while maintaining a more composed demeanour than he showed after their previous victory at Celtic Park.

a group of people on a field © SNS Group

The Italian press contrasted Rangers "modern and enjoyable football" favourably with that offered up by Celtic, while pundit Andy Gray insisted the Ibrox side "trounced" their rivals.

Here's how pundits, the media, the players and the manager have reacted to an impressive win.

STEVEN GERRARD

Speaking on Sky Sports, Gerrard said: "I think the players are certainly showing more maturity, with time and games we're getting more experience being together.

"But we've still got an awful lot of hard work to do. We've got respect for the team that we're chasing but it was a really mature, experienced performance today.

"We need more of that from now to the end of the season and that's going to be our biggest challenge - can we go the distance?

"But we've put in a really controlled, professional performance today.

Alex Curran et al. playing a game of football © Rob Casey/SNS Group

"I don't think we were at our fluent best but we came here and controlled the game with and without the ball.

"I don't think Allan McGregor has really been tested. Maybe once in the first half with (Moi) Elyounoussi and maybe once in the second half when (Leigh) Griffiths goes round him but he does a magnificent job.

"So we're really pleased with what the players have given today, the performance they've given and we were certainly worthy winners.

"They threw everything at us, they started with (Patryk) Klimala up front, they brought Griffiths on who's scored goals in this game before.

"They bring (Albian) Ajeti off the bench, they bring (David) Turnbull off - players who are worth a lot of money, really good footballers.

"So they threw everything at us but I think that's where I'm most pleased with my team, that we controlled everything that Celtic threw at us and managed the game really well.

"We could have maybe gone and scored more, Ryan Kent's volley there at the end, (and earlier) he's through and (Kris) Ajer makes a fantastic tackle.

"We're really pleased with the performance that we gave but we haven't been at our best or our maximum.

"But we didn't need to be because it was a really controlled, professional performance.

"I just said to the players there: 'enjoy your win, you deserve to enjoy your night tonight, but there'll be no getting carried away. We need to remain humble and on we go'.

CONNOR GOLDSON

"We didn't do ourselves justice after we won here the last time and when we came back from the break.

"We were poor, we didn't look half the team we were before the break, so hopefully now this gives us the confidence we need to go and put a big run together.

"But it is so early in the season, just 11 games played and we need to go on to the European game on Thursday now.

"We are at home next week and we just need to get another three points and keep progressing as much as we can.

a person playing a game of football © Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

"But this win is really massive for us.

"Old Firms are always massive games and we knew we had to start the game well.

"We knew we had to score first and defend well, at times, because we know they are a good team.


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"I thought that we did everything right today.

"We controlled the game well, we defended well, defended our box well and limited their chances and got two goals.

"I was happy with the first one and happier with the second one.

"At 1-0, anything can happen and at 2-0 it settled it down.

"I think after we scored first in the first half, we defended a bit deep at times and didn't play how we did before the goal went in.

"After the second goal, I think you saw us at our best in the game, keeping the ball and on the counter-attack we did really well.

"We have worked on it for two years now. We have played against some top teams with the same shape.

"The new lads have bought into it and it has always seemed to work for us in big games.

"We know what we are doing, we have been doing it for a long time and in training for a long time and I think it worked.

"We limited them to not many chances."

RYAN JACK

"It's always a great feeling to win a derby match, the boys are delighted.

"I thought we did very well, but it's just another three points, a step to where we want to get to.

"The challenge is to put demands on ourselves to keep improving.

"It's a big win but it doesn't stop here. If we want to get to where we want to be then this is only the start.

"You always have a lot of big games at a club like this and the immediate challenge is to back it up on Thursday in Europe.

"It doesn't get any easier. You need to turn up every game and put in performances. We've started the season strong but we want to get better and improve.

a group of football players on a field © Alan Harvey/SNS Group

"Last year we came up short. We can't hide away from that.

"This year the challenge is there again for us to go again and get stronger. Hopefully we will do it.

"I was disappointed not to play of course, same with everybody on the bench, but it's a team game and you take the disappointment and when you get called upon to come on you have to do your bit for the team.

"To a man I thought the full XI was outstanding. You've got to win the battle in the middle of the park and we came out on top."

MAURICE ROSS

Speaking on BBC Sportsound, former Rangers defender Ross said: "They are talking about 'Rangers defended their box'. Rangers didn't need to defend their box. For me, the way Celtic played it their understanding of 3-5-2 looks very basic.

"Rangers were in second gear yesterday. If you could super-impose a different coloured strip onto Celtic yesterday, it didn't look like a Rangers v Celtic game, did it?

"I thought Rangers were in full control and I think Rangers right now are by far the best team in Scotland."

ANDY GRAY

In his assessment of the match for beIN SPORTS, ex-Rangers striker Gray said: "Trounced is the word you're looking for.

"It was very emphatic. Obviously as a Rangers fan I'm absolutely delighted but it was a big moment for Steven Gerrard, Gary McAllister, the staff and the players.

a group of football players on a field © Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

"They've had such a good start to the season, this was Rangers' first real test.

"It was Celtic, at Celtic Park, could they do it? They were absolutely emphatic, worthy winners."

MICHAEL STEWART

Speaking on BBC Scotland, former Hearts midfielder Stewart said: "Gerrard's side are in a very good place, they are in a rhythm and a shape. They have worked on this for a number of years and you can see they look comfortable. The challenge now is to make sure they keep that consistency.

"Saturday's win leaves them four points clear. And, with Celtic playing in the Scottish Cup at the start of next month, Rangers have a good opportunity to get points on the board, open a bigger gap and create a mentality where they are comfortable at the summit.

"That will ramp up the pressure on Celtic, as there is a possibility that when the second Old Firm game comes around Rangers could be substantially ahead with the opportunity to extend even further.

"They will believe that they can do that. It is a very good position for them to be in, whereas Celtic have all the questions to answer."

MEDIA

"Gerrard noted before the match that when he joined the club he was trying to rejuvenate a side who become used to losing heavily at Celtic Park. But those days are gone as Rangers made it look easy as they secured consecutive wins at the home of their great rivals.

"And the worrying thing for Celtic moving forward as the Ibrox men looked utterly convinced of victory from the first whistle" - Record Sport

"Steven Gerrard, who guided Rangers to a deserved victory at Celtic Park last December, repeated the trick in even more comprehensive fashion.

"These are very early days but, in a campaign where disruption looks inevitable, Rangers' four-point Premiership lead feels significant. Celtic's game in hand offers them only minimal consolation." - The Guardian

"Only time will tell whether this was as irrelevant to the big picture as the last Rangers win at Parkhead or whether it represented a true shifting of the sands.

"Rangers had the energy and the organisation, the savvy and the skill. Gerrard hasn't won a trophy but he has consigned the days of heavy Old Firm losses to the rubbish bin. In this head-to-head, at least, he's turned the tide." - BBC Scotland

"With the arrival of Gerrard at the helm of Rangers and the departure of Rodgers from Celtic, the script changed in Glasgow.

"The Gers play more modern and enjoyable football, while the Celts have taken a step back in history" - Gazzetta dello Sport

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