Steven Gerrard has stoked the Old Firm flames by questioning Celtic’s performance against his Rangers side in the Scottish Premiership two weeks ago.
The Gers fell to a 1-0 defeat against their traditional rivals and after the clash opposite number Brendan Rodgers waxed lyrical over his side’s display.
However, Liverpool legend Gerrard, who is tasked with returning the Light Blues to their status as genuine title contenders, has revealed that he was not overly impressed with his first close-hand look at the Bhoys.
“We know what Celtic are about,” he told his pre-match press conference before Saturday’s win over Dundee, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Brendan said they were excellent on the day.
“Celtic players seemed as if they were really happy about how they played.
“If that’s Celtic’s best, I am satisfied with how it looked second half, but there is certainly a lot for us to work on before getting ready for the next fixture.”
While Gerrard’s words were likely just a ploy to unsettle the Hoops, there can be no denying that his Rangers team were comprehensively outplayed in the derby two weeks ago.
Celtic were rampant and it was only some profligate finishing that spared their opponents a more embarrassing scoreline.
Nonetheless, Rodgers’ men have made an inconsistent overall start to the new season that continued with a 0-0 draw at St Mirren on Friday night.
Olivier Ntcham was sent off for the reigning champions as they struggled to break down a stubborn Saints defence.
Rangers took full advantage with a thumping 4-0 triumph over Dundee the following day to move up to fourth in the table and within two points of second-placed Celtic, although leaders Hearts remain five clear at the top.
Goals from Lassana Coulibaly, Ryan Kent, James Tavernier and Glenn Middleton sealed the win, while the away side had former Ibrox favourite Kenny Miller sent off with little over 10 minutes of the match remaining.