It may very well be a different story when these two clubs next meet in December - when Rangers will not have travelled overseas for a fortnight, will have just shy of 50,000 of their fans behind them and will, in all likelihood, be a far more cohesive unit after half a year together.
Gerrard suffered his first defeat as Gers boss yesterday afternoon at the hands of the club's bitter rivals, who registered a 1-0 victory at Parkhead. After Caixinha was propelled through the exit, Murty took over again for a passage which ended amid a Celtic blitz - 4-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final and 5-0 on the day Rodgers and Co claimed last season's title. "I saw enough to think we can be a match for Celtic in the next fixture". "It was an outstanding win for us and equally a very good performance and I am delighted".
Defeat was also Gerrard's first in 13 games as Rangers manager, but on this evidence there is still some work to do for the blue half of Glasgow to end Celtic's dominant run of seven league titles in a row.
Victory moved Celtic up to nine points, three behind leaders Hearts who have a 100 percent record from four matches played.
"We asked the players to have a bit more courage in possession, play a bit better, and I thought in the second 45 we made it a contest and were much better", said Gerrard. "Our only complaint is not scoring one or two more".
"We were just starting to build some momentum at that point and we were starting to get into the box, they were forcing things and making errors". It wasn't when the Celtic support beseeched him to cheer up as the prospect of salvaging a draw slipped away.
Celtic soon began to dictate the play however with Allan McGregor twice called into action before the half-hour mark from dead-ball situations - firstly fisting clear a Callum McGregor free-kick from the right then from the other side turning behind one from Ntcham.