Why Rangers’ Celtic loss was ‘a good experience’ for Steven Gerrard’s side


Rangers defender George Edmundson insists lesson have been learnt from their 2-0 loss to Celtic at Ibrox at the beginning of the September.

Going in to the clash Celtic had lost their past two visits at Ibrox, but they got off to the better start when Odsonne Edouard opened the Hoops account just after the half-hour mark.

The game remained close until Celtic winger Jonny Hayes then found the back of the net in stoppage-time before Gers’ Jordan Jones was given his marching orders for a very late tackle on Celtic defender Moritz Bauer.

However, Edmundson insists Rangers have learnt their lesson from the clash.

“It was a good experience, even though the result was not the best,” he said.

“But we have watched it back, we learn from it and we go again.

“The atmosphere was good. I feel like I know how big a club Rangers is. 

“But the atmosphere will be better next time – when we win!”

The derby was the last game played before the international break and the victory gave the Hoops a three point advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership over Rangers, who sit second in the table.

However, Edmundson can’t see Celtic going undefeated this season and he believes the Gers are ready to pounce on any slip up from their rivals.

“It’s still early days in the season and I’m sure Celtic will slip up at some point,” Edmundson added.

“I don’t think they are going to go the whole season unbeaten. 

“It was a little hiccup, but there’s a long season with ups and downs to come.

“We didn’t feel we played our best but it’s early days and there’s a long way to go. There will be highs and lows along the way.”

Rangers are back in action this Saturday when they host Livingston at Ibrox, after which they take on Feyenoord at home on Thursday, when they play their first group game of the Europa League.


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