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Celtic's Brendan Rodgers makes Rangers admission

Manager of Celtic Brendan Rodgers looks on during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers concedes Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers deserved Saturday's Old Firm win.

Manager of Celtic Brendan Rodgers looks on during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brendan Rodgers has admitted to The Daily Mail that Rangers were better than his Celtic side on the day.

Ryan Jack scored the game's only goal as Rangers edged out Celtic 1-0 in Saturday's Old Firm derby at Ibrox.

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In doing so, it was the Gers' first victory over their bitter Glasgow rivals in 13 games - a stat that the Hoops manager was sure to sneak into his post-match briefing.

He told The Daily Mail: "I've no real excuses. We had players missing but, on the day, Rangers were better than us and it's 13th time unlucky, unfortunately."

 

Rodgers refused to offer up an excuse, but Celtic were missing players.

Leigh Griffiths was ruled out earlier in December for a matter of months, while Odsonne Edouard, Rodgers's only out-and-out striker, was only fit enough to make the bench.

That being said, Rangers were brilliant. It was a one-sided win and one that may have come about even if Griffiths or Edouard - or indeed Tom Rogic, who was absent due to his participation in the Asia Cup with Australia - had been available.

Rodgers's side lost the battle, but the war is still in their hands. Celtic are above Rangers in the Scottish Premiership on goal difference, though they do have a game in hand.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown Training Centre on April 27, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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