- New contract ‘not important’ – Gerrard
Morelos was the player fouled for the penalty as Celtic’s Jeremie Frimpong was sent off, but the Colombian was unable to convert for his first goal against Celtic.
Captain James Tavernier had been Rangers’ penalty-taker, but after missing three times from the spot this season Gerrard confirmed he had taken the decision to give the duty to the club’s top scorer Morelos.
“Alfredo was the nominated penalty-taker,” Gerrard said. “It was nothing to do with James passing the buck or anything like that. I decided we needed to change that up.
” The penalty’s a big moment. If you execute there and then, it puts you in a much stronger position. Unfortunately we haven’t taken our chance in that big moment. “
The result means Rangers’ eight-year wait for a trophy goes on, but they have the chance to respond by securing passage to the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday.
A draw against Swiss side Young Boys at Ibrox is enough for Gerrard’s side to progress.
“I’ve got a big job to pick them all up because it’s a tough one,” the Rangers boss added. “It’s raw right now but this is football at the top. We’ll suffer and then we’ll bounce back. “
” I’ll stay with these players. On the evidence of what I’ve seen today, performance-wise, I’m staying right behind them. “