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Steven Gerrard hails 'unofficial' Rangers captain and Ibrox fans after Old Firm victory over Celtic

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has picked out Andy Halliday for special praise after his side's 1-0 win over Celtic at Ibrox.

"He earned the right to play today...he is my unofficial captain and I think the world of him," Gerrard told Sky Sports.

"The first half of the season has gone really well. We can still improve and grow and we will. I think we'll get confidence and belief from this.

"We'll respect Celtic and the other teams pushing, it's a tough league and it's going to be a tough challenge but we need to recover bodies and get our full-strength 11 and squad back and get ready to go again at the end of January."

On potential activity during the transfer window, he added: "We're in discussions but today is not about targets or what we're going do. I think the chairman (Dave King) wants to enjoy an Old Firm victory - it's one of the things he asked me to deliver."

Gerrard dedicated the win to the Rangers fans as he said: "It's all about the supporters - they've been punished a lot in this fixture.

"They need to enjoy tonight and the next couple of weeks because they haven't had the bragging rights for a long time.

"We were better to a man, the better team, and could have won it more comfortably. We were superb today...the players were outstanding.

"They played with courage and belief, were brave and competed all over the pitch. I asked them to bring their A game but they brought their A plus."

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