Only nine or so months ago Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was being routinely criticised by Celtic fans for “throwing his players under a bus”. 

The term became a Scottish footballing cliché so quickly that as the Gers toiled at the tail end before the shutdown it was about all that could be heard coming out of Celtic Park. 

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Neil Lennon is a man under fire at Celtic Park this season as Rangers’ stretch out an early lead in the Scottish Premiership. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But now – oh, how the tables have turned. 

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Whilst there is definitely the suggestion that this “under the bus” thing about Gerrard was being overplayed to help apply the pressure, there can be no mistaking what Neil Lennon was doing after their latest drop points in the 2-2 draw at Hibs. 

With his job on the line and Celtic now facing the prospect of being 11 points behind Rangers should the Gers beat Aberdeen at Ibrox today, even Celtic captain Scott Brown wasn’t immune as Lennon let rip. 

“We’ve got get a defensive mode on. We are not doing the nuts and bolts anywhere near well enough. There’s a softness about us defensively that we have got to eradicate,” said Lennon [CelticTV]. 

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“The first goal comes out of nothing. Scott, who was playing very well, just has a real rush of blood for some reason. He needs to take that out of his game. 

“There’s a long way to go but what I’m looking for is a level of performance and getting a run together. The attitude of some of the players has to be better. 

 

“We have to change the shape again and that’s far too common a theme from this season to get something out of the game. It’s frustrating, it’s head-scratching. The players have to start concentrating and showing a lot more desire. 

“No we can’t. This team is capable of going on a good run but they have to be mentally tuned in week in, week out and it was apparent today that some of them switched off mentally. 

“We don’t do the dirty bits well enough and we need to get rid of that softness because teams are highly motivated against us. We have to respect that.” 

There are clear cracks beginning to show as fan talk of the under fire Celtic boss losing the dressing room continues to rumble on and the pressure continues to build. 

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard just need to keeps winning to apply the pressure on his Celtic counterpart. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers just need to focus on what they’re doing in order to capitalise on the situation at Celtic Park with results at Ibrox a big influence in helping those cracks to shatter. 

This starts with Aberdeen at Ibrox this weekend – the Gers boosted by the news that seven Dons players will miss the crunch Scottish Premiership tie this afternoon. 

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