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GERRARD MAKES HIS POINT

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STEVEN GERRARD watched Rangers draw 1-1 with Celtic this afternoon and welcomed the point that continued their unbeaten sequence in the Premiership.

The Ibrox boss thought his players looked “leggy” after their 2-0 loss in the explosive and controversial Europa League confrontation against Slavia Prague on Thursday night.

The new champions, who celebrated their first championship success in a decade a fortnight ago, were under cosh for a fair chunk of the game and fell behind to a Mohamed Elyounoussi goal in the 23rd minute.

However, an Alfredo Morelos strike was enough to earn a point and ensure the fallen champions have failed to beat them in three outings this season.

Govan gaffer Gerrard said: “I thought it was a good game, both sides trying to win it.

“We tried to be really positive with our substitutions during the game, Celtic had some good opportunities and we had a couple of opportunities.

WHOOPS…Alfredo Morelos celebrates his first goal against Celtic in 15 games.

“It was all set for someone to go and grab it and win it, but, listen, we’re away from home we’re the champions, we’ve taken seven points out of nine in Old Firm games, we’re still 20 points clear – this is a more positive result for us than it is for them.”

Morelos got his first goal against the Hoops at the 15th attempt and, asked about his striker finally breaking his duck, Gerrard told Sky Sports News: “Very pleased, I’m always pleased when players score and they’re in a good place.

OOPS…Alfredo Morelos tangles with Celtic defender Stephen Welsh.

“He’s been magnificent for us, his contribution has been really big and I’m sure he’ll be really relieved to get that monkey off his back in terms of scoring here.

“He did some really good bits today, but I think if you look at us and you analyse us as a team I thought we looked a bit leggy at times, we looked like we lacked a little bit of energy, that’s why we made the amount of subs we did.

“But we’ve had a real journey in the last two or three weeks, Celtic have had a lot of preparation time and ours has been different.

“All in all, we’re pleased with the point, we came here to win but we’ll take the point and move on.”

 

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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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