Goals from Thomas Gravesen and Kenny Miller won the match and Rangers can have few complaints.
Kris Boyd had two decent chances, one of which hit the bar, but overall the Light Blues did not hurt Celtic enough at the back.
Certainly Dado Prso did not deserve to be on a losing side as he was magnificent. His fight, bravery and dynamism was the highlight of Rangers’ play while Alan McGregor and Charlie Adam can be happy with their debuts in this arena.
However, it is all about results in this fixture and Rangers are once again contemplating another reverse.
Remarkably, only one of Paul Le Guen’s signings started the match – Sasa Papac – as the Bosnian defender lined up beside Julien Rodriguez in the back line and looked comfortable.
The two centre backs dealt pretty well with the Celtic strikers and it was Alan Hutton who was caught out as Celtic took the lead in 33 minutes.
Unfortunately it was a mistake by the full back which created the passage of play which led to the goal.
Hutton gave the ball away and Celtic won a corner. This was dealt with by Rangers but a second flag kick was conceded and it was after this that the move came which created the goal.
Lennon’s cross was met powerfully by Aiden McGeady. Alan McGregor made an excellent blocking save but Thomas Gravesen reacted quickest to head the loose ball into the net from close range.
It was a bit tough on Rangers who had enjoyed some decent possession without really worrying Artur Boruc.
Kris Boyd had a chance from a Charlie Adam free kick in 27 minutes but he could not direct his header, under pressure from Stephen McManus, and his effort flew over the bar.
Seven minutes earlier McGregor made an excellent save from a powerful Shinsuke Nakamura shot while McGeady shot just over the top five minutes before half-time.
Rangers felt there was an infringement two minutes when Ferguson crossed for Adam who seemed to be impeded by Caldwell, but it would have been soft penalty.
Rangers were much more forceful in the second half and really took the game to Celtic.
Dado Prso was leading the charge and he created a real opportunity 16 minutes in after a typical marauding burst.
He brilliantly won the ball from Gravesen and raced towards the box where he was tripped just outside by McManus.
Rangers made nothing of it. Ferguson fired the ball into the wall and then Stevie Smith tamely shot the rebound wide.
Ferguson nearly made amends three mintues later when he played his best pass of the game over the top of Celtic’s defence for Boyd but the normally prolific striker shot over the bar from the edge of the box.
Celtic seemed content to sit and let Rangers come at them but they coped reasonably well. Then, as often happens in these situations, they broke away and scored a killer second goal in 73 minutes.
It was all down to McGeady who made a terrific run from his own half and then released Kenny Miller, of all people, who got away from Rodruguez and slipped a shot past McGregor.
There seemed little way back for Rangers although Boyd might have given them a glimmer of hope 10 minutes from time.
Prso, easily Rangers’ best player, was fouled by Lennon and took a quick free kick playing in Boyd in the middle of the Celtic box.
Boyd held off Caldwell and fired a left foot shot which hit the top of the bar.
And so Paul Le Guen’s first sample of the Old Firm was a miserable one and he has some work to do.