Ex-England international opens up on bizarre phone call after Rangers comments
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Darren Bent opens up on Neil Lennon call after pro-Rangers comment

Former England international Darren Bent has told how Celtic manager Neil Lennon phoned him up to ” clarify” comments he made when he said he’d rather play for Rangers under Steven Gerrard than Lennon.

Bent made the comments in an interview with a website and told Sky’s Soccer Am how the Celtic manager then bizarrely phoned him – and admitted that he “didn’t know what was coming” before they spoke.

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Bent played with the Rangers boss for England and it’s not a surprise that Bent would’ve picked the Gers manager – although it turns out Lennon “didn’t like it.”


“I know Steven Gerrard more than I know Neil Lennon, he’s an up-and-coming manager whereas Neil Lennon was an old school-type manager,” Bent told Soccer AM, as quoted by The Scottish Sun.

“He obviously didn’t like it because he phoned me up.

“Someone was like, ‘Neil Lennon wants your phone number, do you mind?’

“I was like, ‘No,’ but even then I didn’t know what was coming. At first, I’m thinking, what if I’m going to get a move to Celtic?

“He just wanted me to clarify my comment.

“What I meant by saying like an old school-type manager was that he’d been managing longer than Steven Gerrard and that Steven Gerrard was on the way up.”

This seems to be a trend with Celtic managers after former Rangers striker Kris Boyd told The Sun how Brendan Rodgers did similar after his comments following last weekend’s Old Firm clash.

The idea that Lennon has taken offence at being described as an ‘old-school manager’ is pretty comical given that he’s never likely to be held up as the poster boy for the new breed of young, hungry managers.


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