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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard keen for pint with Neil Lennon after resignation at Celtic


Steven Gerrard reached out to Neil Lennon with a classy message (Picture: Getty)

Rangers head coach Steven Gerrard says he hopes to share a consoling pint with Neil Lennon ‘once the dust settles’ on his resignation at Celtic.

The Bhoys confirmed on Wednesday that Lennon had stepped down from his second spell in charge at Celtic Park, with a massive 18-point gap between themselves and bitter rivals Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

John Kennedy, Lennon’s assistant, has been handed the reins on an interim basis and will lead the team this weekend when the wounded reigning champions play host to fourth-placed Aberdeen.

John Kennedy will take charge at Celtic Park this weekend (Picture: Getty)

Lennon and Gerrard have managed to maintain a friendly rivalry in the heat of Old Firm battle over the last two years and the latter ensured there would continue to be no ill feeling with a classy parting message for the Northern Irishman.

‘I know Neil as a guy, I know his family from holidaying in the same areas and he’s a good guy,’ Gerrard told reporters.

‘He has been a big supporter of my charity over the years.

‘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, we can share a pint again.’

Runaway league leaders Rangers could clinch the title at Celtic Park (Picture: Getty)

Rangers could secure their first title in a decade at Celtic Park if they win their next two games but Gerrard urged his players to keep their feet on the ground as opposition teams will ‘not make it easy’ for them to get over the line.

‘This is a tough job, a tough gig. Of course we will savour it when it comes,’ the former Liverpool and England captain added.

‘The important thing is we have to grab it and make it happen.

‘We have to finish it off, get over those last obstacles in our way. Teams are not going to make it easy for us.

‘We have to execute the final part. If we do, everyone at this club will have earned the right to savour it and enjoy it.

I’m one who uses setbacks and tough days to make me stronger and more determined. I’m someone who loves a challenge.

‘We are all together here. No one is looking forward to the day when it does come more than me — but we will share it together.

‘The most important people are the supporters. They’re the ones who have been on the journey from day one. They’ve had more tough days than me, so it’s all about them.’

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