We deserved it - Rodgers revels in derby win over Rangers

  • We deserved it - Rodgers revels in derby win over Rangers

We deserved it - Rodgers revels in derby win over Rangers

Rodgers insisted afterwards that the title race was not over "by a long way". though tellingly added: "This is obviously a big step".

'When we go to ten men, you see the players calm.

Former Hoops striker hailed the performance of Bains as he delivered the goods in what was a shaky display at the back by the visitors.

"It's a great chance for me now but I'll go in next week and work hard and stay humble as I've always done", he said. "I am very proud".

It was a relatively quiet start to the second period until Simunovic clashed with Morelos and was sent off, with stopper Jack Hendry soon coming on for Rogic as Rodgers reshuffled, Edouard coming on for Forrest.

Rangers' Jamie Murphy (right) and Celtic's Scott Brown battle for ball.

Edouard had only been on the field two minutes before he collected Dembele's layoff and then cut inside to curl high into the far corner. In the case of Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain, he only needed one.

"It's a big chance for us but we've ultimately come away with nothing". Instead, the lack of menace that characterised Morelos's display was highlighted when Bain made a crucial block.

Moments later, in a swift Celtic breakaway, Dembele played in fellow French striker Edouard and from just inside the box he stepped inside Goss before bending his shot past Foderingham.

Bain was entitled to celebrate as extravagantly as Edouard.

"I'm delighted for Scott Bain", Rodgers, who drafted in the on-loan keeper after Dorus de Vries failed a fitness test, said.

Rangers led Celtic for the first time in five encounters and the home support responded with a paroxysm of relief and celebration.

Rangers defender David Bates, caught on the ankle by the Australian's follow through, was taken off on a stretcher, replaced by Fabio Cardoso. The ball sat up perfectly for Daniel Candeias to find the mark, and the stadium shook again to the exultations of the home support. We made a couple of mistakes, of course, defensively.

Graeme Murty, albeit with a less potent substitutes' roster than Rodgers, persisted with Morelos long after the Colombian looked drained of self-belief, while the experienced Kenny Miller remained on the bench. Luckily for me, it hit the post and rolled along the line.

"We've come here four times and won four games, so we believe we can win here all the time now", said Brown, afer Celtic ended a Rangers six-game winning run that had sparked suggestions of an unlikely title challenge. I'm not sure that those opportunities come along too often when you look along your career.