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2nd Jan, 2017 | 10:22am

Rangers ace: Rodgers told me I was tremendous during our defeat to Celtic

By Matt Farr

Rangers winger Barrie McKay claims he was subject to high-praise from Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers after their Old Firm clash on Saturday.

The Gers were defeated 2-1 by Rodgers’ side, all but ending their hopes of catching Celtic in the Scottish Premiership title race.

Unbeaten Celtic are currently 19 points clear with a game in hand over Rangers, who are second.

McKay, who played a starring role for Rangers on Saturday despite their defeat, confessed that Brendan Rodgers had been impressed with his performance.

The 22-year-old spoke of his surprise at his post-match confrontation with the rival boss, but admitted that it would have meant much more had Rangers come away with three points

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He told the Express: “He came over to me and told me I’d played really well.

“He said I was tremendous and told me to keep my head up. It was nice of him, because he didn’t need to do that.

“It took a lot for him to do that, especially after the high celebrations his team were doing. I’ve had opposition managers do that to me before, but never after an Old Firm game to be fair.

“Getting three points would have been better than playing as well as I did.”

McKay has contributed three goals and nine assists from 27 appearances in all competitions so far this season, becoming a crucial part of Mark Warburton’s side.

The Scotland international has a very bright future, having already broken through into the senior national setup, where he made his debut as a substitute in Scotland’s 3-0 friendly defeat to France in June.

He has not featured since, but his performances are sure to have caught the eye of national boss Gordon Strachan, whose next involvement is a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in March.

In other Rangers news, striker Kenny Miller has revealed what will haunt him for the next few months.