Neil Lennon has said he’s not buying into the Rangers revival.
But is there another reason why he’s refusing to praise the work done by Gerrard and co?
Lennon is insisting the hype around Rangers is being overplayed. At the same time, he acknowledges his team are weaker than last season.
Whilst it is very early doors, Rangers are visibly stronger than at this stage last season. Rangers finished above Hibs last year.
Lennon did acknowledge that fact, but claimed it wasn’t a major job to do from last year. Perhaps a smidgen of undermining counterpart Steven Gerrard?
Is there a challenge from Hibs & Aberdeen?
He also claimed that Celtic were nailed on league winners and that Aberdeen and Hibs would challenge “favourites” Rangers for second place.
It’s fair enough, Lennon has to instil a belief in his team and his abilities. But the comments do come across as a little sour.
Gerrard’s start – were Rangers are yet to fall behind – has been generally well received by the sporting press and professionals alike.
Neil Lennon seemed reluctant to heap any praise on the Scouser at all. Not that you’d expect him to.
Playing to the gallery
Lennon could also be playing to the gallery with the comments. He has an infamous relationship with the Rangers fans and there is every chance he’s fishing for bites.
People can talk. You can bet that Gerrard won’t let any of the posturing affect his preparations. If anything, these comments give Rangers ammunition to go out and show Lennon the improvement. Rangers don’t meet Hibs until the 27th of October, where any real progress from the Gerrard reign will begin to really show.
Unlike Lennon’s Hibs, Rangers could also get the chance to showcase their talents on the European stage.
His Hibs team crashed out 3-0 to Molde.
Rangers are 180 minutes from a European campaign.