Gerrard sends his well wishes to former Celtic coach Neil Lennon

Thu 25 February 2021 | 10:50

The Light Blues boss praised his former rival as his side hope to lift the Premiership title after missing the league trophy for a decade.


manager, Steven Gerrard, talked about ex-


boss, Neil Lennon, and his sacking admitting that though Lennon’s departure saddened him, his side’s Premiership glory was bound to his opponent’s failure.

Gerrard, who had to spend two seasons with the Light Blues before getting close to achieving the league title, talked about his development as a coach, saying:

“Without a doubt. I definitely feel there has been personal development. I have certainly evolved and learned a lot in the short space of time.”

“Sitting here right now I have still not become a success. There is still work to do to try and achieve that.”

“But without a doubt I feel I am a better manager, a better coach, a better person for my experience here at Rangers.”

“I knew what I was signing up to. I knew it wasn’t all going to be an upwards and forward journey. I knew there was going to be a journey full of experiences, good and bad.”

“I have loved it, loved every minute of it. I’m looking to the future but without a doubt the experience has made me better for it.”

Later he talked about Lennon’s departure and his hopes for his former rival adding:

“Without a doubt, I can certainly understand the pressure and the sacrifice you have to make to be in this position as an Old Firm manager.”

“Obviously I can only talk from the blue side. I’ve been in the job for nearly three years and it’s a very demanding environment.”

“There is a lot of pressure involved and it’s part of the job you sign up for. You understand that if things are going well, it’s fantastic and you get a lot of praise for that. You have an opportunity to be a success.”

“But on the other side, when things are not going well, it can be a lonely place. Of course it can. I’ve experienced that in my short stint here.”

“So I totally appreciate the job that Neil has done for Celtic. I take no personal satisfaction in seeing a rival manager lose his job, or any manager. Because I understand what you have to put into this job on a daily basis.”

“I know Neil as a guy. I know his family from holidaying in the same areas. And he’s a good guy.”

“He has been a big supporter of my charity over the years.”

“Obviously we have to put that aside when you are big rivals and I have enjoyed the battles and going toe-to-toe with Neil on the sideline. He’s a good coach, a good manager.”

“I’m sure once the dust settles in time, we can share a pint together again.”

“But the reality in Scotland is that if the pressure’s not on you, it’s on your rival. If the pressure’s on you, it means that your rival is doing well.”

“That’s the game that me and Neil have both been in for the last couple of years.”

“I wish him well in the future and we move forward here at Rangers.”

source: SportMob