Steven Gerrard keen to have a pint with Neil Lennon after the dust has settled on their Old Firm rivalry… as Rangers boss admits he takes ‘no satisfaction’ from seeing Celtic counterpart resign
- Neil Lennon resigned as Celtic manager after falling 18 points behind Rangers
- Steven Gerrard says he takes no ‘personal satisfaction’ from his resignation
- Instead he wants to share a consolation pint with Lennon once the dust settles
- Gerrard says Lennon is a ‘good boss’ that excelled in a ‘demanding environment’
Rangers head coach Steven Gerrard claims he takes no ‘personal satisfaction’ from Neil Lennon’s resignation and says he would like to share a consolation pint with the former Celtic boss ‘once the dust settles’.
Lennon’s second spell as Celtic manager came to an end on Wednesday morning after the immense pressure of falling 18 points behind Premiership champions-elect Rangers saw him resign as head coach with immediate effect.
Gerrard has praised Lennon for what he achieved with Celtic and insists he is a ‘good manager’ that excelled in a ‘demanding environment’.
Steven Gerrard claims he takes no ‘personal satisfaction’ from Neil Lennon’s resignation
Even though Gerrard is just seven points away from clinching the title and ending the Gers decade-long wait, he says he is not happy about Lennon’s resignation.
He does, however, admit that the pressure of losing out on the much-coveted 10 in a row was a contributing factor his departure.
‘Without a doubt, I can certainly understand the pressure and the sacrifice you have to make to be in this position as an Old Firm manager,’ he said ahead of the Bhoys Europa League return leg against Royal Antwerp.
‘Obviously I can only talk from the blue side. I’ve been in the job for nearly three years and it’s a very demanding environment.
Neil Lennon (above) resigned as Celtic manager after falling 18 points behind Rangers
Gerrard claims the pressure of losing out on the coveted 10 in a row played a role in his exit
‘There is a lot of pressure involved and it’s part of the job you sign up for. You understand that if things are going well, it’s fantastic and you get a lot of praise for that. You have an opportunity to be a success.
‘But on the other side, when things are not going well, it can be a lonely place. Of course it can. I’ve experienced that in my short stint here.
‘So I totally appreciate the job that Neil has done for Celtic. I take no personal satisfaction in seeing a rival manager lose his job, or any manager. Because I understand what you have to put into this job on a daily basis.
‘I know Neil as a guy. I know his family from holidaying in the same areas. And he’s a good guy. He has been a big supporter of my charity over the years.
He did, however, praise the former Celtic boss for what he has achieved with the club
The Rangers manager would like to share a consolation pint with Lennon ‘once the dust settles’
‘Obviously we have to put that aside when you are big rivals and I have enjoyed the battles and going toe-to-toe with Neil on the sideline. He’s a good coach, a good manager.
‘I’m sure once the dust settles in time, we can share a pint together again.
‘But the reality in Scotland is that if the pressure’s not on you, it’s on your rival. If the pressure’s on you, it means that your rival is doing well.
‘That’s the game that me and Neil have both been in for the last couple of years. I wish him well in the future and we move forward here at Rangers.’