Brendan Rodgers hails dominant Celtic


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Brendan Rodgers believes his Celtic side dominated Sunday’s Old Firm clash with Rangers and deserved to win by more than the 1-0 scoreline.

Olivier Ntcham’s strike just after the hour mark proved to be the difference between the two sides at Parkhead, although Celtic also hit the woodwork on three occasions, while Gers goalkeeper Allan McGregor made a number of top-class saves.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, a former player under Rodgers during their time together at Liverpool, felt his side were hard done by as they should have been awarded a free-kick in the build-up to the winning goal.

Rodgers has dismissed that claim, however, and he feels his side could easily have won by more than a one-goal margin given the dominance of their display.

“It was a very good performance. The scoreline was a little bit tight but I thought we dominated and kept the ball well,” Rodgers said.

“We hit the bar three times and McGregor made a few outstanding saves which makes the scoreline as it is, but we knew we had to be concentrated.”

The defeat was Gerrard’s first since becoming Rangers manager in the summer and Rodgers was quick to praise the work the 38-year-old has carried out during his short time in Glasgow.

“[Steven] Gerrard has done a good job going in there. They are a threat but I’m really pleased with the clean sheet today,” the Northern Irishman added.

Celtic will return to action after the international break when they travel to The Simple Digital Arena to take on St Mirren on September 14.

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