Neil Lennon says his “decimated” Celtic team will have to “build for the better” after a poor showing in Old Firm’s loss to the Rangers, while Steven Gerrard feels his team “will remain humble” despite their impressive victory.
Celtic were left without Odsonne Edouard, Nir Bitton, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Ryan Christie for reasons related to Covid-19, but still failed to register a single shot on goal against their biggest rivals at Celtic Park.
After the 2-0 loss, Lennon said Sky sports his team “didn’t get enough” in the derby, but suggested that the way the Rangers’ two goals, scored nine minutes in each half by Connor Goldson, had been the main difference between the two teams.
“We have given away two bad goals from our point of view, one from a set play and the second from a second phase set play,” he said. “We lost a great opportunity to equalize, the goals change the games, the psychology of the games, but today we didn’t have enough.
“We weren’t sharp enough, and the guys that came off the bench didn’t have the impact we expected. We have to take this result and performance and look at it, and start building to improve. “
“We have Ajeti who is not fully fit, Griffiths is not fully fit, Edouard out, three main forwards failed today to start. But I felt like we created some opportunities in the first half to score, the Rangers defended their area quite well, and I think that was the difference in terms of the psychology of the game.
“We were pretty decimated going into the game, but we felt like we had a strong enough team and it looked like that at halftime. The second goal is poor from our point of view, and you are chasing the game after that. “
Gerrard: Rangers remain humble
Despite the relative comfort of his dominant performance on the road, Rangers boss Gerrard said his team had not been at their “best fluidity,” though he admitted they could have scored more if Ryan Kent had found the bottom. from the network with a couple of seconds. half chances.
With Rangers now four points behind their title rivals, despite having played one more game than Celtic, the former Liverpool captain said his team would keep their feet on the ground after recording back-to-back league wins in Celtic Park for the first time since 1995.
He said Sky sports: “We have had a really controlled professional performance. I don’t think we were at our best fluency level, but we came here and controlled the game with and without the ball. Allan McGregor has not really been tested.
“Celtic threw everything at us. They started with Klimala, they brought Griffiths, who has scored in this game before, Ajeti and Turnbull, good players who are worth a lot of money.
“That’s where I’m most satisfied with my team: we control everything that Celtic threw at us and we handle the game really well.”
“Maybe we could have scored more. You will not have to get carried away. We must be humble ”.