Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty has admitted he is “hurting” after his Old Firm debut for his boyhood heroes ended in defeat – despite the Gers taking the lead twice against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Goals from Josh Windass and Daniel Candeias had the Gers twice in the lead before being pegged back each time through Tom Rogic and Moussa Dembele.
After Jozo Simunovic’s red card for an elbow for Alfredo Morelos, the Gers were expected to make their numerical advantage count but were hit by a sucker punch when Odsonne Edouard fired Celtic into the lead.
Docherty admits the Light Blues should have been able to see the game out and take something from the clash with their bitter rivals.
“It’s extremely tough to take with a man advantage. For some reason we seemed to slow down and that’s disappointing. We should be dealing with their second and third goals better. We have a very disappointed dressing room,” Docherty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We should have made more of our chances as well but when you take the lead twice at home then you expect to get three points – or a point minimum.
“It’s a big chance gone. We were ahead twice and got nothing. I’m hurting at the moment and my Old Firm debut is not one I’ll remember fondly.”
The result leaves the Gers nine points behind the Hoops at the top of the Scottish Premiership after playing one game more and kills off any hopes the Ibrox side had of mounting a late title challenge.
Graeme Murty’s side have two more opportunities to get one over on Celtic before the end of the season with a Scottish Premiership clash and Hampden Scottish Cup semi-final still to come.
The Gers last beat their city rivals in the league back in 2012, before the Light Blues were kicked out of the top-flight following their financial meltdown.
Football Insider verdict:
It is understandable that boyhood Gers fans like Docherty are hurting after losing Sunday’s Old Firm clash but, at the risk of sounding harsh, Gers fans have heard it all before. The Light Blues’ support are desperate to see their side beat their bitter rivals and have heard time and again how players are hurting after a defeat to them. The fact that the Gers were arguably the better side for long spells in Sunday’s Old Firm and had enough chances to kill the game off only makes it more galling. Now Docherty has sampled the feeling of losing to Celtic from a player’s perspective hopefully it pushes him on to make it right next time.