RANGERS matchwinner Nikola Katic revealed the Ibrox side were always confident of beating champions Celtic at Parkhead yesterday.

The Croatian defender soared above Kristoffer Ajer to thump a header from Borna Barisic’s left-wing corner-kick beyond the Fraser Forster to give the visitors a 2-1 triumph.

Katic believes his goal was the best moment of his career so far and was reward for a fabulous performance for Steven Gerrard’s team.

His header gave the Gers their first win at Celtic Park since 2010, and it also narrowed the gap at the top of the Premiership to just two points going into the winter break.

Katic described the feeling of gaining the crucial win that sees them with a game in hand over the eight-in-a-row champions.

The centre-half, speaking to STV, said: “It feels amazing. To come here and win in this place and make the gap between the sides really small was just amazing.

“I am really proud of my team-mates and so happy.

HEADS I WIN…Nikola Katic rises above Kristoffer Ajer to bullet in the points-clincher.

“I think we showed in the Cup Final that we can handle Celtic and we had our plan for the game. We listened to the manager and what he wanted and came here and we just gave everything with no fear. It’s a tough place to come and play, but we’ve done it.

“The goal was probably the best moment of my career until now. It’s something we practise so much, we do it every single day and I was so happy to get the reward because we work so hard.”

Katic was also relieved after he gave away a first half penalty-kick with the score tied at 0-0 when he hauled back Christopher Jullien. Referee Kevin Clancy didn’t hesitate as he pointed to the spot, but keeper Allan McGregor made a brilliant diving save to deny Ryan Christie.

He added: “Was I worried about the penalty? Almost.

“It was the referee’s decision and maybe yes, maybe no, but Allan McGregor saved me and he saved the team.

”We are in a good position but it’s still winter.

“It’s not even close to the end. We still have to take it game by game, session by session, keep pushing and giving everything to win each game.”



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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