Rodgers says Celtic were second best against Rangers
Rangers got the better of Celtic in the Old Firm derby on Saturday as Ryan Jack’s solitary strike at the half-hour mark turned out to be the difference between the two sides. The victory saw Steven Gerrard’s men draw level on points with league leaders Celtic, although the Bhoys are still top of the table courtesy of a better goal difference.
Celtic finished 2018 atop the standings in the Scottish Premiership but Brendan Rodgers, who suffered his first derby defeat, made it clear that his team were clearly second best on the day.
The manager also pointed at the January transfer window as an opportunity to bring in some fresh faces to bolster the squad.
“The best team won,” Rodgers told Celtic’s official website.
“Rangers were better than us today. We have to be honest and appraise the game as it is.
“We made too many unforced mistakes. Sometimes it goes for you. It’s 13th time unlucky so I can’t complain.
“If you don’t play well then, of course, you can have no excuse.”
Rodgers, who described left-back Callum McGregor as his side’s best player “by a mile”, is thought to be in the market for a right-back and a striker to strengthen Celtic’s squad in January.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do in terms of our game,” said Rodgers. “We’ve got some work to do in the transfer market, we want to get players in.
“It’s clear where we need it in terms of the squad.”
Rodgers added: “The players will have a number of days with their families.
“Next Saturday we’ll meet up again. It has been a really good year for us, 2018. We’re still top of the league with a game in hand.”