Australian Tom Rogic came off the bench with a 2-0 win in the 66th minute, but the midfielder failed to deliver the spark his team needed to make his cameo.
Celtic were without key players like striker Odsonne Edouard, but few would have expected Neil Lennon’s side to fail a shot on goal or attempt in the second half in a miserable game by the 85th minute.
The Rangers now have a decent lead over their strong rivals at the summit, and while Celtic still has one game in hand, Garrard can contemplate a positive first quarter of the 2020-21 season.
It was a dream start for the Rangers when James Tavernier curled up with a free kick from the right and Goldson threw a header into the far corner from six yards. Goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas couldn’t stop him.
Celtic struggled to create many notable chances in the first half but they should have been level shortly after the Rangers opener.
Mohamed Elyounoussi took advantage of Goldson’s mistake under a long ball to send his attempt over the bar after a great opening when he tried to beat Allan McGregor.
After an excellent start to the first half, the Rangers scored nine minutes into the second half.
Scott Arfield’s deflected cross found its way to Goldson and while Shane Duffy blocked the center-back’s first attempt, he called for a shot on the second attempt.
Celtic threw Albian Ajeti, Leigh Griffiths and Tom Rogic off the bench, but hardly disrupted a Rangers backline, which conceded only three goals in eleven games.
What does it mean? Sorry Celtic miss big names
Edouard, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed dropped out on international service due to positive coronavirus tests while Ryan Christie is in quarantine.
Celtic clearly missed these regulars, but their followers would have resented the lack of an attack response after falling behind early. Too often the team passed them on with a lack of urgency and achieved little despite 56.5 percent of the ball.
Having also won at Celtic Park in December – their first Old Firm win since 2010 – Gerrard now has two direct Derby wins and the title race seems to be going the distance as the Rangers try to avoid 10 in a row .
Goldson Golden for Rangers
Few would have named Goldson the match winner, but he put in a memorable performance, scoring two hits out of three tries, creating an opportunity, and registering seven clears and two blocks – both for game levels.
He is a vital part of a Rangers defense that performs excellently at home and in Europe.
Celtic poses no threat
Patryk Klimala failed to get a shot or chance on the field in 67 minutes and Elyounoussi missed the game’s only big chance without registering a key pass.
But the blame must also lie in the Celtic midfield, with Callum McGregor being the only starter to create a chance – and even he only made one.
Celtic will have to react when they face Milan in a major Europa League group stage game on Thursday as the Rangers travel to Standard Liege.
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