Steven Gerrard in the final cup: the Rangers manager maintains that only the result counted against Celtic is counted.

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STEVEN GERRARD maintains that at Ibrox Stadium only the outcome counted as Rangers won the match to extend their lead in the Premier League over Celtic.

As Neil Lennon’s side, who had Nir Bitton sent off in the second half, struggled to take their chances, a Callum McGregor own goal made the difference.

In the race for the championship, Rangers are now 19 points clear, but Celtic still have three games up their sleeves as Gerrard’s side looks to end the season.

And after his side lost the Betfred Cup final in similar fashion last season, Gerrard knows all too well how important the outcome is.

“It’s another significant three points, three points and a clean sheet,” Gerrard said. In terms of their commitment, I’m very proud of the team.

We were not good enough in the first half, we were not good ourselves. In certain places, we were second-rate.

“In the second half, I think we changed a lot. We were more competitive and more physical. In terms of the way we were trying to play, we believed in ourselves.

Then came the sending off, and it seemed like there was only one winner going to be there.

“I just asked them [at halftime]how badly they wanted to win a derby.

That was the only question you were allowed to ask them. Do you want to win a derby, especially when we’re defending our stadium and our fans here at Ibrox?

You can’t be passive, you can’t be second best. You’ve got to let Celtic know they’re in a game. I’ve got to give Celtic credit, for 45 minutes they played very well.

But listen, we were excellent not so long ago in a cup final for 90 minutes and didn’t get anything for it. What matters is the end product.

“We won the game and extended our lead. We’ll stay humble and go to Aberdeen.”

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