By James Wood

21st Mar, 2021 | 6:05pm

Pat Nevin criticises defending as Rangers draw in Old Firm clash

Former Scotland winger Pat Nevin criticised the defending of Rangers in the Old Firm derby with Celtic at Parkhead. 

The Gers went a goal down in the first half courtesy of a Mohamed Elyounoussi header. It was the first time Celtic have scored in the derby this season.

The goal came from a break down Rangers right-hand side. Odsonne Edouard got the better of Leon Balogun and fired a ball across for his strike partner to head

Celtic had a lot of joy down that flank in the first half. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live [12.38], Nevin questioned the selection of manager Steven Gerrard.

“At the moment, Celtic are terrorising Rangers down that far side,” said Nevin.

“Steven Gerrard must be looking over there and thinking ‘is Balogan the right man to have over there?’ And Celtic know that now, they’re playing everything down that side.”

It didn’t stop there for visitors, either. Gerrard decided to swap Balogun for Patterson on 56 minutes.

The youngster struggled initially. Nevin [13.15] said: “The first chance Diego Laxalt has had to run at Nathan Patterson that’s what he does and he leaves him completely for dead.

“That’s a classic baptism of fire. And the problem for Rangers fans is that problem they had, they still have. The young lad has been taken on three times and been beaten three times.”

All square

Rangers held on for what can certainly be considered a good result after a testing week at Ibrox. Alfredo Morelos scored the equaliser for the Gers as we leave Parkhead with the undefeated league record still intact.

Celtic targeted our right-hand side and it was effective for a large share of the match. According to Sky Sports, at 68 minutes played, 48% of their attacks came from their left-flank.

Gerrard reacted shortly after half-time by bringing on Patterson, who would drive forward more than Balogun and put Celtic on the back foot.

The personnel switch proved to work as Rangers came away with a point. It was nearly the perfect response to the defeat in midweek, but nevertheless, it showed the character of this squad to not let their heads drop further.

Rangers will now await the outcome of the UEFA investigation from Thursday. Glen Kamara has claimed he was racially abused, whilst Kemar Roofe was also targeted on social media. The players have the full backing of the club and the rest of the Rangers fan base, hopefully, the investigation is swift and the repercussions are sufficient.

In other Rangers news, Gary Lineker had praised the sportsmanship between Celtic and the Gers prior to the Old Firm clash.