Celtic captain Scott Brown hailed his side’s victory after Olivier Ntcham’s second-half strike handed Steven Gerrard his first defeat as Rangers boss in his first Old Firm encounter.
The former Liverpool and England captain, who played under Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, had yet to lose in 12 games since taking over at Ibrox before the trip to Parkhead.
Gerrard, however, watched Celtic dominate the Ladbrokes Premiership encounter with James Forrest and Mikael Lustig hitting the woodwork and Gers keeper Allan McGregor tipping an Ntcham drive on to the crossbar before the French midfielder struck in the 62nd minute with a breakaway goal.
It was a deserved 1-0 win for the champions and it stretched Rodgers’ unbeaten record against Rangers to 12 games since he joined the Glasgow club in 2016.
Brown told Sky Sports Football: “Performance-wise it was exceptional. From start to finish we dictated. They came to Celtic Park and we pretty much showed them who’s boss for 90 minutes.
“It’s all about possession and keeping the team spirit going. It’s about kicking on from there onwards.
“They didn’t want to press us too high up the park as they had a hard game midweek so they were all a bit leggy.
“We showed our quality again today and we had a hard game as well midweek - but we pulled through.
“We have a great team spirit and we showed that again on the park. We celebrate together, we work together and when we lose, we lose together - that’s what a good team does.”
Man of the match Ntcham added: “I’m very happy for the team and for myself also. We won the game and that’s the most important thing. It was hard.”