Neil Lennon: Celtic will be ‘too strong’ for Rangers

Neil Lennon has backed his old side to emerge victorious from next month's semi-final. Picture: Jane Barlow
Neil Lennon has backed his old side to emerge victorious from next month's semi-final. Picture: Jane Barlow
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Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes the Ladbrokes Premiership leaders will be “too strong” for their Old Firm rivals when they meet next month.

Rangers and Celtic will meet for the first time in over a year when they battle for a place in the Scottish Cup final on Sunday 17 April.

Unlike last year’s meeting when Celtic brushed aside a struggling Rangers team in the League Cup semis, many people are expecting a closely fought contest with the Ladbrokes Championship leaders tipped by some to cause an upset.

Lennon admits Rangers have improved, but believes the experience of the Celtic team will see them through.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Lennon said: “Rangers were superb against Dundee in the last round but they have a young team. Mark Warburton doesn’t have any Old Firm experience and Ronny Deila has.

“Ronny won the League Cup semi-final last year and I think Celtic will be too strong for Rangers on the day.

“Nothing will prepare Warburton for his first taste of the Old Firm as a manager. I’m not sure Warburton’s Rangers side will have come up against as good a team as Celtic yet.”

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