Celtic, meanwhile, had experienced a testing start to the season, losing to Hearts in the league and failing to qualify for the Champions League group stage, yet Rodgers's side was able to lift its performance for the Old Firm derby.
Gerrard set his team up to defend and Celtic duly dominated, tactics which have attracted criticism from many on social media.
The adage which insists that form goes out the window in an Old Firm derby is not merely a tired cliché, it is manifestly wrong, as examination of the record books will demonstrate.
Sitting back defensively, Ntcham was never far from the ball on the rare occasions Rangers did attack, and was quick to get Celtic back in control winning the battle in midfield.
Gerrard was keen to stress after the game that while Brendan Rodgers has had 150 games to shape his Celtic squad, he has only had 15 since taking over at Ibrox.
Celtic could count itself unfortunate not to have already been ahead as a spell of extreme pressure before half time saw both Forrest and Mikel Lustig strike the crossbar.
"We've got top players and they did that today".
Steven Gerrard has hit the ground running in his management career with Rangers, enjoying an unbeaten start to life in Scotland. Our only complaint is not scoring one or two more.
Even when Celtic took the lead and Rangers pushed more, Gerrard's men hardly looked like troubling their opposition defence with simple passes in attack not working out.
Gerrard, suffering defeat for the first time in his 13th game as a manager, was clearly intent on sitting deep and it came back to haunt the away side.
Celtic are now second in the table, while Rangers sit in seventh.
Before Sunday's game at Celtic Park, Rangers had played 12 games in all competitions, amassing 28 yellow cards and four red cards.
Allan McGregor (Rangers): Was well protected by his defence but the Rangers shot-stopper was alert when called upon, making a number of fine saves to keep his side in the game.
'The lads have been outstanding this year and the last two seasons so it's about kicking on from here.