Rodgers was pleased with his team's latest victory over their bitter rivals but was frustrated they 'didn't score one or two more'. Rangers fans who have had the misfortune to witness this sequence bear mental scar tissue from the brutality of some of the beatings.
It is the first defeat of Gerrard's managerial career, but he won't be too downhearted considering the progress his team have already made this season. After Caixinha was propelled through the exit, Murty took over again for a passage which ended amid a Celtic blitz - 4-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final and 5-0 on the day Rodgers and Co claimed last season's title.
A solitary goal, netted by the outstanding Olivier Ntcham in the second-half, was all that separated the teams at the end of 90 minutes. Most of the possession was in front of us and I felt we were comfortable.
Yet, the evidence of the first Old Firm derby of the 2018/19 campaign is that the gulf in quality with Celtic on the park remains considerable and is unlikely to be bridged in the coming months.
Gerrard has been backed with 15 new signings over the summer, with Northern Irish worldwide Gareth McAuley set to become the latest addition.
"I'm not saying 1-0 is acceptable but I've seen enough today to believe we can match Celtic in this fixture and that we're going in the right direction".
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard told the club's official website: "I said we were talking about giving Alfredo a new deal and I am delighted to confirm we have now done exactly that".
McGregor went on to brilliantly deny Ntcham early in the second-half and then Leigh Griffiths with five minutes of regulation time remaining.
"It means we can get on the training ground, we can work and we can drill the players as we haven't really had much time to train, to work and to improve the players".
ODSONNE EDOUARD will lead the Celtic attack against Rangers at Parkhead in the High Noon shoot-out.