Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has rubbished claims Celtic were up against it in today’s Old Firm because they were missing some first-team players by pointing out almost £20million worth of talent who came into Neil Lennon’s side.
Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard Hatem Elhamed and Nir Bitton all missed out for Covid-related reasons while James Forrest is injured but the Gers boss highlighted the fees spent by Celtic adding the likes of David Turnbull and Patryk Klimala to their squad.
The Ibrox manager also named some key player missing from his side and was adamant his side “beat a strong Celtic team” – despite bitter Celtic hero Chris Sutton claiming it was their “reserves.”
“You talk about people being missing, but we had Kemar Roofe sitting in the house and we couldn’t start Joe Aribo today,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Celtic are throwing quality players at us all the way through the game – Turnbull, £3.5m, Klimala, £3.5m, Ajeti, £5m, their keeper is worth £5m. We haven’t played a Celtic team with issues, we have beat a strong Celtic team.”
The win leaves Rangers four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and will be a huge boost for the Gers after recording back-to-back Old Firm wins for the first time since 2009.
Gerrard’s side were head and shoulders above their rivals and, despite the bleating from elsewhere, can only beat who is infront of them.