STEVEN GERRARD heaped praise on his players after they finished 2019 with a stunning and memorable 2-1 victory over Celtic at Parkhead.

The Rangers manager was bursting with pride when interviewed for RangersTV after the final whistle, with Ryan Kent’s superb left-foot finish and Nikola Katic’s powerful header securing a famous win in what was a pulsating Glasgow derby in the city’s east end.

Gerrard said: “It’s a fantastic way to end it with a big win and big three points. We’ve come and beat a good team, a successful team, and my players have gone and delivered.

“It’s a superb win. They deserve all the credit and the plaudits. They’ve come here and showed character and belief and they took the game to Celtic. For the majority of it we’ve dominated.

“Look, we haven’t had much joy here for many, many years. I think it’s the first win of the decade since the legend Walter Smith, so it’s a big moment and the Rangers fans deserve to enjoy this.

“But for me it’s important that we rest now and we reflect and we regroup and we come back hungry and show the same character for the remaining fixtures because there is a still long way to go and we know the challenge is not going to go away.

It’s going to be tough but we need to just keep showing what we showed today because when we do we’re a fantastic team.

“But this is what the Old Firm is about. It’s the reason we love the fixture. It hasn’t disappointed since I’ve walked through the door – tackles, yellow cards, red cards, penalties, penalty saves, fantastic bits of play and two good teams going at it.

“Again you have seen a fantastic game but thankfully we’re going away with a massive win that we can all enjoy.”

The manager showed how much this huge result means to him when he celebrated passionately in front of Gers fans in the away corner of Celtic Park, and he doesn’t regret any of it.

He added: “I’m not going to apologise for that, this means a lot to me.

“I came here for a reason, because I want these players to be successful, I want this club to be successful and I want the supporters to be successful.

“That’s what it means to me and that’s what me and my staff are putting into this job. We’re living it and we’re doing everything we can.”

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