CONNOR GOLDSON, bought by Steve Gerrard in the summer, reckons the gap between the Ibrox side and Celtic is closing.

The centre-half got his first close-up view of the champions in Brendan Rodgers’ side’s 1-0 win at Parkhead yesterday.

And Goldson took a snide sideswipe at the Irishman’s line-up when he said: “I thought they were going to be like Barcelona.”

The Englishman and his team-mates were swept aside as the Hoops netted through Olivier Ntcham and hit the crossbar three times with efforts from James Forrest, Mikael Lustig and Ntcham while Leigh Griffiths rattled the outside of the post.

There were several near things around the Ibrox goal and the one-goal triumph hardly told the story about the game.

Rodgers has now enjoyed TEN successes and two draws in his 12 meetings with the Govan team and the seven-in-a-row title-winners moved into second place, three points behind Hearts while Gerrard’s side have five points from 12 and sit in seventh position.

Goldson, 25, said: “Obviously, this is the first time I have played in a derby, but I have just said that when I came here in pre-season I heard a lot of people  say how much better they were, how they beat Rangers 5-0 last season.

“I thought they were going to be like Barcelona.

“There was such a down in our football club of how big the gap was, it was like some of our players, who are maybe not here any more, were looking at them like they were nowhere near catchable.

“I am not going to say they are not a good team. They are a good team and we respect them.

“But I think we are getting closer and the players that the manager has brought in have been together for two, three months. We will get closer.”

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