Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has sent a message to Neil Lennon after he resigned as Celtic boss on Wednesday morning.
Lennon left his post with Celtic 18 points behind their city rivals, who are yet to lose a league game this season and have won 26 of 30 top-flight matches.
The Northern Irishman won five honours, including back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles, after replacing Leicester City-bound Brendan Rodgers in February 2019.
But there has been a drastic swing in the fortunes of the two Glasgow giants this season and Rangers are rapidly closing in on their first league title since 2011.
As such, Gerrard explained that he is not shocked to see Lennon depart as sent his former rival his best wishes.
“I can’t say I’m surprised because of what’s been going on over there this season,” Gerrard told reporters when pressed on Lennon’s resignation.
“I obviously take no personal satisfaction from any manager losing their job. I wish him well for the future.”
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While Gerrard’s side are just seven points away from winning the league, they also harbour hopes of European success.
The Gers host Royal Antwerp in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday, after a dramatic 4-3 win over the Belgian club last week.
“We see it as a fresh game and we want to improve on our performance from a defensive point of view,” said Gerrard.
“We won’t sit and protect, we will be aggressive and go for the win as this is our home and we want to show how difficult it is to come to Ibrox.
“In the opening stages we will see if they have a press or are prepared to sit in – we have to adapt on the job and be ready for what happens on the night.
“For me, the focus has to be on us and the problems we can cause at home to make our supporters proud.”
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