We deserved it - Rodgers revels in derby win over Rangers

Michael Grant March 14 2018 12:01am The Times Rangers are growing in strength Michael Grant Sports Feature Writer of the Year

In a classic Old Firm encounter, PSG loanee Odsonne Edouard curled in Celtic's victor in the 69th minute.

It was a day to savour for Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain, the on-loan Dundee stopper making his debut for the club in his first senior appearance since 28 October.

Rangers were promoted to the top flight last season but Brendan Rodgers' Celtic won five of six derbies on their way to a sixth successive title and a historic treble, while the Gers languished 39 points behind in third place.

The visitor's pressure paid off in first-half stoppage time when Dembele rounded off a frantic half by lobbing Fotheringham for his sixth goal in eight games against Rangers.

'Yes, definitely because the odds are against you at times, ' said the Parkhead boss.

However, despite their numerical advantage, Rangers were caught cold by a clinical Celtic counter-attack.

"It was an vast performance considering we went behind early".

"We know walking into Ibrox, teams are under pressure, ourselves included".

"But then the players showed their qualities".

'In fairness to Rangers, they have been in really good form and this was at the height of their confidence levels.

Murty told the media: "We have to respect what Celtic are about, we understand the threats that they bring, they didn't win the league past year for no reason".

The hosts failed to exploit Jozo Simunovic's red card just before the hour mark before Edouard came off the bench to score the victor.




Offering no complaints, Rodgers observed: 'I have watched it again I can see why it is given.

"Normally, when the centre-half is coming across with the striker, he's fighting for his space, it's normally a straighter arm and there's no drama".

"I've said I'm a fan of Alfredo Morelos and that will be interesting how Celtic treat him as there are questions about his temperament".

'It is unfortunate for Jozo.

"The players are unbelievable, three great finishes".

"I'm desperate to experience the atmosphere", he said.

"I've got a group of players who are hurting, frustrated and are wanting to do better".

'He has everything, touch, movement, speed, work ethic and a natural in-built football brain.

"Every single supporter will be walking away from here as down as me". I am delighted for him and for the team.

"There was a lot of noise before the game, but that's natural - they've been on a good run and at home, thinking they could get the victory".

But Rangers stole the momentum back from their bitter rivals with Daniel Candeias putting Murty's men back in the lead just after the halfway point in the first-half. However, Dembele's equaliser on the stroke of half-time was crucial.

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