CELTIC skipper Scott Brown isn’t getting carried away with the champions’ emphatic 2-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox yesterday.
A goal from Old Firm specialist Odsonne Edouard just after the half-hour mark and a stoppage-time effort from Jonny Hayes made certain the points were heading back across Glasgow.
The Hoops have their eyes on nine in a row in this campaign and they have started their quest in whirlwind fashion with four successive victories while firing in SEVENTEEN goals.
The 34-year-old midfielder, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We came here and we knew our jobs, we knew what we had to do and we delivered on the park when it mattered. It’s far too early to be talking about psychological blows, though.
NUMBER ONE…Odsonne Edouard is chased by a posse of players as he slides the ball past Allan McGregor.
NUMBER TWO…Jonny Hayes runs away after slotting in the rebound in stoppage-time.
“We’ve got a long season ahead, it’s about 60-odd games for us, so it’s about winning as many of them as we possibly can.
“For me personally, it’s just about recovering from this and making sure we go again.”
It was a day of many plus factors for the visitors – and not just breaking the two-game sequence of consecutive defeats last season in Govan without a goal being claimed.
By the end of the encounter, Neil Lennon had four players making their debut in the Glasgow fixture – Moritz Bauer, Hatem Abd Elhamed, Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli. Remarkably, the quartet of new Bhoys made up the back-line when Nir Bitton was forced to come off with an injury in the 66th minute.
And they were playing in front of on-loan Southampton keeper Fraser Forester who was returning to his first Old Firm confrontation since a 3-0 win at Parkhead in April 2012.
Brown added: “It’s hard to come to Celtic when you see the way we press and the way we play and it’s maybe difficult for them to understand that.
“They’re all catching up and now understand the way we play.
“We dictate the game, we press high up the park and now they’ve got that they defended really well.
“For us to get a clean sheet was great and it’s about coming here and showing you’ve got the quality.
“Going away from home it’s always hard, you have to defend, but we can always catch teams on the counter-attack, as well.
“We have pace everywhere. Jonny Hayes goes on and Mikey Johnston goes off. You’ve got James Forrest on the right, as well, so it’s great.
“For the young ones coming through, to win away from home, that’s what this club is all about.”
STEVEN GERRARD made no excuses and admitted Rangers had deserved to lose while accepting his share the blame.
The Ibrox gaffer, speaking to The Herald, admitted: “It’s a poor performance all round. Look, I’m part of that. We will all analyse yourselves, we will take a bit of criticism for it, which is okay, we are man enough to accept it.
“We had a lot of praise and a lot of credit. So, now we are going to have to take a bit of criticism and rightly so because our performance across the board wasn’t good enough to win an Old Firm game or against any good team that comes onto this pitch.
“In derby games it is about one v ones more often than not and we didn’t win enough of those.”
Gerrard added: “We will obviously do a steward’s inquiry into why we had so many players – normally trusted players – off it and not at it. We’ll look at our game plan to see where we went right and wrong. That’s what we’ll do.
“But we got what we deserved.”
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