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Steven Gerrard lifts lid on his Covid absence as Rangers boss gushes over Robby McCrorie

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Rangers looking more together than they did as his Covid-hit side claimed victory over Celtic in this season’s opening derby clash.

Gerrard was self-isolating for the showdown with Ange Postecoglou’s new-look Hoops after testing positive. Skipper James Tavernier and his right-back deputy Nathan Patterson were also ruled out, along with keepers Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin, after the virus swept through the Ibrox dressing room.

The patched-up champions threw together a side, with stopper Leon Balogun taking over Tavernier’s position and rookie goalie Robby McCrorie called in.In the dugout, it was left to Gary McAllister and Michael Beale to run the show.

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