Celtic boss Rodgers went into the game unbeaten in 12 Old Firm fixtures since he took over at Parkhead in 2016, with 10 wins and two draws. His one previous fixture against his former Liverpool captain Gerrard earlier in the season ended in a 1-0 win, with Olivier Ntcham scoring for the Hoops.
The Northern Irishman was looking to become the first Celtic manager since 1909 to register five successive wins at Ibrox. However, it was not to be. This time he had to suffer at the hands of by the Light Blues, who could have won by a bigger margin had it not been for Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
Brendan Rodgers made mistakes with his line-up Both sides were missing crucial players, but Rangers adapted far more comfortably to their absences. Celtic were without Kieran Tierney at left back and after Emilio Izaguirre’s torrid first half against Aberdeen, Jonny Hayes was expected to deputise.
Instead, Rodgers decided on moving Callum McGregor into the role. It meant Scott Brown and Ntcham were given central midfield berths and both lacked the speed, mobility and composure to control the central areas. McGregor would have provided all of those attributes but being stationed in defence stunted his ability to influence the game.
Even so, he nearly equalised but his rare foray into Rangers territory was correctly deemed offside. Meanwhile, up front, Mikey Johnston was given his first Old Firm start and struggled to impose himself against the Rangers backline.
While Odsonne Edouard may not have been fully fit, Rodgers may have been better served to start him.