Celtic dropped their second consecutive Glasgow Derby defeat to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers on home turf.

Neil Lennon was forced to deal without Odsonne Edouard, James Forrest, Ryan Christie, Nir Bitton, Hatem Abd Elhamed, and Christopher Julien.

With the long list of Celtic absentees, this opened the door for a rare chance for 20-year-old Stephen Welsh, who joined four others from the Hoops in making their Glasgow Derby debut as Diego Laxalt also got his first start since coming on loan from AC Milan.

The visitors had the 1-0 advantage at the break after Connor Goldson’s eighth-minute header was the only goal. Celtic’s greatest chance came minutes after Goldson’s goal when Mohamed Elyounoussi’s glorious opportunity missed badly.

Goldson added a second for Rangers in the 54th minute after several deflections allowed the ex-Brighton center half to put the ball into the back of the net with great composure.

Celtic’s first loss of the season keeps them behind Rangers in second place but now trail their crosstown rival by four points.

Celtic will look to return to winning when they host AC Milan for the opening match of their Europa League Group Stage campaign.