Rodgers, meanwhile, had seen his superiors fail to address key positions clearly in need of strengthening in a frustrating window that ended with star striker Moussa Dembele leaving for Lyon in a club record sale of £20 million without time to find a replacement.
As Gerrard was keen to point out, Celtic do though maintain the core that have made a habit of winning. And he is hopeful that given more time to gel and prepare, having arrived back in Glasgow in the early hours of Friday morning from a Europa League trip to Russia, Rangers will be in a better position to strike back when the sides meet again at the end of December.
“We played against a team that’s been together for two years, with a lot more experience,” added Gerrard.
“They know how to win, we know they are a good team, but I saw enough today to feel if we can get bodies back, new signings up to speed, I believe we can be a match for Celtic, particularly in the next fixture.”