Steven Gerrard’s side managed to restore some faith after Celtic’s league title triumph the previous week which meant the Gers would end the season without a trophy, and the ex-England captain has slammed claims that the result means nothing.
“I reflect on it with immense pride really,” Gerrard told Rangers TV.
“The players were outstanding from start to finish, and when you watch the game back and analyse it, it sort of reinforces what you were thinking on the day.
“They deserve all the praise that comes their way because it was an outstanding performance and people will say ‘oh, there wasn’t much at stake’ but there was because it’s an Old Firm derby against your bitter rivals.
“We listened to all the pre-match talk about how much the Celtic players wanted to win here, but we won it and we won it comfortably.”
Gerrard’s comments come after Celtic hero Chris Sutton outlined his thoughts on the fixture, and refused to consider it a blow for the Hoops.
“Celtic played as though this game was meaningless, because that’s exactly what it was,” he told the Daily Record.
“Fair play to Rangers. They were at it all afternoon, it was an impressive performance and I’m sure they enjoyed it.
“No doubt there will be a DVD of the game out by the end of the week.
“But let’s face it, the pressure was off and that is when this Rangers team turns up. It’s too little, too late.”
“If I was Steven Gerrard I’d be pulling my hair out and wondering where this team was when he needed them back in January and February.
“If they had got going earlier we might even have had a title race rather than an average Celtic team being allowed a procession.
“They have missed a trick this term. It’s all very well lapping up an Old Firm win but they could have done with this form when it mattered.
“There’s been a lot of talk about this win being a marker for next season. Nonsense. Yesterday won’t matter a jot come August.”
Rangers travel to Kilmarnock in the final round of Premiership fixtures this weekend, whilst Celtic host Hearts.