Celtic 1 Rangers 0: Ntcham inflicts Gerrard's first Rangers defeat

Celtic 1 Rangers 0: Ntcham inflicts Gerrard's first Rangers defeat

Steven Gerrard's first taste of the Glasgow derby ended in defeat.

The Liverpool legend, however, believes the strike should not have stood as he feels Ryan Jack was fouled in the build up to the effort.

"It's definitely a foul", the former Liverpool skipper said. "I have seen it again five times and it is a foul".

Gerrard, who expects to sign Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley when he returns from global duty, said: 'For me it is a foul and it is also a foul for the fourth official.

"I thought we were in the game for a long period of time, in fact for the whole 90 minutes to be honest and it is just disappointing the goal we conceded". I just went in and had a calm chat.

It arrived not only because of the speed of a counter-attack, but also because Jack was not around to disrupt Rogic's advance, having fallen on the edge of Celtic's penalty area under the challenge of the Australian. "It's blatant....for me it's 100 per cent foul".

"I'm disappointed with the decision of the referee, but that's life, we have to get on with it".

Gerrard could be seen saying: "You cost us". "We kept the ball better and we made passes and created a few decent openings". I've asked major questions of them, and they've answered them all. But there's still work to do.

"In the second half we matched then, and if not edged it a bit", he said.

"We knew what it meant to everyone, including ourselves in the changing room, staff, fans and those watching at home."

That play carried on was doubly significant because Jack had been Gerrard's most important midfield figure - someone who gives the impression that with time he could become to Rangers what Scott Brown is to Celtic.

The 25-year-old continued: "We have to look at it with some positives, we are a brand new team, we have been together two or three months and I think we have done unbelievably".

"We were the dominant team from start to finish", Rodgers told BBC Scotland. "Defensively, we were strong, we pressed the game well and had the courage and quality to play".

"On the end of a busy week, in what has been a busy pre-season, it was an outstanding performance and there's a lot more to come from the squad".