DELIGHTED Steven Gerrard watched Rangers hammer 10-man Celtic 4-1 at Ibrox this afternoon.

The Govan gaffer believed his team “ran away with it in the end” as the challenge from the Hoops collapsed.

The visitors struggled after Callum McGregor had been red-carded in the build-up to the game’s breakthrough goal from Kemar Roofe in the 26th minute just moments after Mohamed Elyounoussi had sent a long-range effor thudding off the Gers crossbar.

Odsonne Edouard levelled with a close-range header following a corner-kick on the half-hour mark before Alfredo Morelos hammered in a second goal for the hosts two minutes later.

Goals from Roofe and substitute Jermain Defoe gave the champions their fourth win over the Parkhead side this season with the other game ending in a 1-1 stalemate.

HAND IT TO GERS…Steven Gerrard applauds his team from the touchline.

Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports news, said: “It was an important game and it was a really strong performance. We needed Kemar, Alfredo and Ryan to be the difference for us in the final third and we ran away with it in the end.

“From the team’s point of view, consistency is something we are always striving for. Kemar has had a mixed few weeks, but he responded in a fantastic way. His two goals were fantastic and he played big for us. Over the course, Kemar has certainly delivered.

“These games are always decided by the big moments. And I thought the referee got the decisions right because he [McGregor] was stopping a promising attack.”

Roofe added: “It was a big game for us, the way this month has been, we’ve been disappointed. To wrap up this season and also remember we are champions, but it’s been so long ago we’ve kinda forgot about that.

“On and off the pitch things have not been going the right way for me, but I’ve been preparing for this game for a long time, it was an important one.

“We won the league a long time ago. Now it’s about being unbeaten.”

Gerrard’s men are now only two games away from completing the Premiership season unbeaten.


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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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