The manager of Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic, Neil Lennon, has expressed what he describes as “empathy” for the position of under-fire Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard is coming in for criticism from some sections of the Rangers support with the Ibrox club flailing under the pressure since returning from the winter break.
Rangers have only won two of their five Scottish Premiership matches since the season returned to action, losing twice.
In contrast, Celtic have capitalised on the demise of Rangers’ title hopes and now find themselves 10 points clear, albeit the Gers have a game in hand.
Far from gloat about the circumstances surrounding Ibrox rival Gerrard, Lennon has expressed an understanding like only a manager of one of Scotland’s big two can really can.
“I can empathise to a certain degree,” said Lennon [Scottish Sun].
“I’ve been through it myself. It’s a tough environment sometimes, an unrealistic environment at times as well.
“I can’t really comment on the form Rangers are in or what they are going through. I only want to comment on what Celtic are doing.
“We are very pleased, obviously, but there is still a long way to go and a lot of games to come – tough games away and tough games at home.
“There’s a long way to go obviously and a lot of games still to come, but we’ve hit a good vein of form at the minute.”
The pressure surrounding Gerrard will increase should his stumbling Gers side drop any more points before the visit of Lennon’s Celtic in March.
Rangers host Livingston in the Scottish Premiership this Saturday before the Parkhead club travel to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen on Sunday.