Rangers celebrated win over Celtic 'too much' and took eye off league title as Connor Goldson admits last season's lesson learned

Rangers’ refusal to celebrate last week’s win over Celtic shows the intense focus on achieving success in the league this season, defender Connor Goldson has said.

Defender Connor Goldson celebrates at Full Time during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)
Defender Connor Goldson celebrates at Full Time during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)

After a 1-0 win over their Old Firm rivals to move 19 points ahead, the reaction of the Rangers players, while pleased, was understated at full-time – because they have their eyes on the prize, the defender said.

He conceded he and his team-mates over-celebrated at Celtic Park last season when they won the corresponding fixture 2-1 in 2019-20, but have learned from their mistake – and know it’s not enough to just beat Celtic in games this season.

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Connor Goldson in action for Rangers during a Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium, on January 02, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

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Goldson said: "I think we celebrated that a bit too much where we took our eyes off the main goal which was the league title."

Speaking to Sky Sports as part of the build-up to this afternoon’s match at Aberdeen, the Rangers vice-captain explained: “I think we've learned from that now.

"This time last year was a big thing to go to Celtic Park and win. The club hadn't done that in a long time.

"It was a big monkey off our back to do that but now I don't think it's enough for us to just beat Celtic.

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"We all know what the main objective is and that's what we're pushing towards. We know there's still a long way to go and a lot of big games coming up.”

Rangers faced Aberdeen with the chance to go 22 points clear of their second-placed Old Firm rivals, with Celtic not due in action against Hibs until Monday night.

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