Simonsen: The only positive Rangers can take from Celtic defeat

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Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen says it's important for the team to focus on the only positive to come out of the defeat to Celtic.

Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has told the Glasgow Evening Times he feels the only positive to come out of the Old Firm derby for his team was their second half performance.

Rangers struggled to cope with the pace and quality of Celtic’s play as the Bhoys ran out 2-0 winners to put Rangers out of the League Cup.

It’s a defeat, which could have caused heads to drop around the club, but Simonsen has stressed the importance of the team latching onto the positive points.

“We were disappointed with ourselves first-half and we were certainly better second-half,” he said.

“We've been on the end of one of those ourselves this season. We kept plugging away but it didn't happen and we'll take a little bit out of the second-half performance and move on.”

Although silverware would have been nice for Rangers, it’s not the club’s main priority for the season.

The two main priorities for the club will be trying to chase down the massive lead Hearts have at the top of the Championship, while also dealing with uncertainty away from the pitch.

The side are strong enough to ensure they get closer to Hearts over the rest of the season while financial matters behind the scenes look likely to roll on for a number of months.

It’s the job of any key individual in the club’s management setup or playing squad to ensure that focus remains on performances.

That means assessing all of the good things the side did against Celtic and trying to maintain that positive spin.

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