Steven Gerrard has said that he is well aware of his rival manager Neil Lennon as they get ready to cross swords in the next match.
Gerrard said he knew him as a player and that Neil Lennon hasn’t changed much as a manager as well.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has said that he is well aware of Hibernian manager Neil Lennon ahead of their clash in the Scottish Premiership. This is the first time that the two will cross paths as managers after Gerrard took over at the Glasgow club in the summer.
The former Liverpool ace said, “We used to go toe to toe on the pitch, be at each other’s throats and kick lumps out of each other,” as he recalled his playing days in England against Lennon.
He added, “That’s because we were both winners and were both tenacious players. Now we are standing on the side of the pitch, we are probably not much different.”
Speaking to the media ahead of the match against Hibernian, the Rangers manager said, “I know Neil well. I’ve also bumped into him a lot of times at different holiday destinations down the years. We are actually neighbours now in the same area of Glasgow, so we often bump into each other. Hopefully I’m the noisy neighbour on Wednesday night!”
Gerrard reminisced of the clash between him and Lennon on the pitch when the latter was at Celtic and the Hoops got the better of the Reds. He said, “I remember the Uefa Cup tie back in 2003, Celtic were very good and got the better of us on that occasion. They had a very strong team at the time and Neil was a key part of it.”