Celtic are one point behind Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers with a game in hand as they resume their search for a 10th successive title, and their Norway global said: "I am looking forward to this game like anyone else".
A brace from Connor Goldson in the 9th and 54th minutes, secured Rangers' fifth consecutive wins.
Aribo, who had been out since August due to injury, was brought on in the 89th minute to help Rangers see out the game.
The Bhoys were missing a host of players as Hatem Abd Elhamed, Nir Bitton, Christopher Jullien, Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard were all ruled out.
"It doesn't take away from the meaning of the game".
"We've put in a really controlled, professional performance", Gerrard told Sky Sports.
"We could maybe have scored more", he added. We have to remain humble.
Rangers got the start they wanted when Goldson escaped his markers from Tavernier's searching free-kick and flashed a header past goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas.
Celtic had a good chance to equalise on 14 minutes but Mohamed Elyounoussi shot over when through on goal.
Albian Ajeti, Leigh Griffiths and Patrik Klimala have all found their names on the scoresheet a number of times and Neil Lennon's side have still recorded at least three goals in their last eight home games - over 3.5 goals this weekend is 9/4. "That's three mainline strikers not able to start". But I felt we had a few scoring chances in the first half, Rangers defended their box pretty well and I think that was the difference in terms of the psychology of the game.
Earlier, the Scottish league said it would investigate after St Mirren's latest positive virus test led to the postponement of their clash with Motherwell.