Celtic figure takes umbrage with Premier League icon's Rangers comments
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Neil Lennon takes issues with Darren Bent's Rangers Celtic comments

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has taken issue with comments Darren Bent previously made about rather joining Rangers than Celtic.

The former England international and iconic Premier League striker was talking to Football Insider about which club he’d rather join.

And after he said Steven Gerrard’s Rangers over Neil Lennon’s Celtic, the Parkhead boss was enraged enough to phone Bent for clarification.

“I said something about Neil Lennon,” said Bent on Soccer AM.


“The question was something like, who’d you rather play for, Celtic under Neil Lennon or Rangers under Steven Gerrard?

“At the time I said, Steven Gerrard.

“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.

“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.”

Darren Bent – who once said he’d “100%” entertain a move to Rangers [Scotsman] – is a former England teammate of Steven Gerrard’s. (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Bent was clearly taken aback by the frosty response of the Parkhead boss who, seemingly, was unable to accept the fact Bent would sooner play for Stevie G.

The Ibrox boss’ appeal is global and there is little doubt a footballer – from outside Scotland at least – would see a side led by the scouser as a preferred destination.

A former teammate of Steven Gerrard’s, it doesn’t seem unreasonable for the striker to be more attracted to the blue side of glasgow.

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