Ntcham hands Rodgers first blood in Old Firm battle

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RANGERS manager Steven Gerrard yesterday claimed referee Willie Collum wrongly ignored the advice of fourth official John Beaton before Celtic broke to score their victor in a feisty Premiership derby at Parkhead.

Frenchman Ntcham bagged the victor in the 62nd minute to end the Liverpool legend's unbeaten start to the season and move Brendan Rodgers' side three points behind league leaders Hearts.

"It's definitely a foul", the former Liverpool skipper said.

He said: "I think he has lashed out". And he is hopeful that given more time to gel and prepare, having arrived back in Glasgow in the early hours of Friday morning from a Europa League trip to Russia, Rangers will be in a better position to strike back when the sides meet again at the end of December.

"The referee's ignored the information and they go and score a goal". I have seen it again five times and it is a foul'. I am not just saying that.

"The referee in the middle has ignored that advice but for me it is a blatant foul".

"If we'd lost the game with a moment of class or brilliance from Celtic I'd have held my hands up, but the referee's cost us for sure". "We will get closer".

"But to get to half time 0-0 we were pleased with that".

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"I thought we played better in the second half", the Rangers chief added.

"I've asked questions of this squad since the June 15 and we've closed the gap".

Their dominance was perhaps not reflected by the scoreline but Rodgers said: 'I thought we performed exceptionally.

"We need to focus not on officials, if we can help it, but on ourselves". We believe if we turn up we can beat anyone - especially at Celtic Park.

He said: "We played against a team who have been together for two years - and even prior to that - and they have a lot more experience than this group of players".

"We were the dominant team from start to finish", Rodgers told BBC Scotland.

"Some players will go away on global duty, and we hope they come back healthy", the Liverpool legend said.

McGregor then took full advantage of his reprieve to paw away Odsonne Edouard's back-post header as the visitors withstood intense pressure to somehow go into the break level.

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