Celtic boss Neil Lennon proved right after Steven Gerrard putdown

By David Walton

October 20, 2019

Hearts 1-1 Rangers was the scoreline at Tynecastle today, as Neil Lennon received a favour from an unlikely rival.

Craig Levein and Lenny have certainly had their run-ins in the past. During Lennon’s time as Hibernian manager, the pair often threw tit-for-tat with each other in the run-up to Edinburgh derby matches. But war makes for strange bedfellows.

Ryotaro Meshino’s chip over Allan McGregor ensured Rangers dropped two points in Gorgie today. More importantly, Celtic stayed top of the table. It may only be by a single goal, but that hardly matters after a fine weekend of results for Lenny and the Bhoys.

Ryotaro Meshino earned Hearts a point against Rangers today (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But, it also goes back to a few comments from Lennon and Gerrard over the weekend. The Hoops boss wasn’t happy with the Rangers manager claiming his side deserved to be top.

Lennon decided to point towards the fact that Celtic had played five away matches. Rangers, before today, had only played three (Scottish Sun).

Gerrard said Rangers had to “embrace the pressure of being top” and that they “certainly deserve to be there.”

Rangers didn’t take long to throw the lead away

Many from across the city would’ve been sniggering at Lenny’s comments. They would’ve seen him speaking about away games and likely think that it was petty.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic put too much pressure on Rangers for them to handle (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But Rangers’ woeful display at Tynecastle today proves that Lennon has a point. Rangers look massively vulnerable when they’re not on their own patch against any Premiership side. Celtic have to be prepared to pounce when they get the chance, and they did just that this weekend by putting a level of pressure on our rivals that they couldn’t cope with.

Levein has effectively helped prove Lenny correct today. Rangers have now slipped up away from home for the first time this season. Celtic, meanwhile, have dropped five points in their last two away games. Lenny was bang on to point at the amount of away games both sides had played.

It’s important not to forget the fact that Rangers came close to dropping points at both Kilmarnock and St Mirren respectively too. We have every right to feel that we’re playing the better football, and that our success over them proves we’re the better side.

Craig Levein’s side held Rangers with a fine performance (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In any case, we’re back on top of the Premiership once again. Rangers had a chance to try and thrive under the pressure of top spot. They failed, and failed miserably.

So cheers Craig Levein for helping restore the natural order. Lenny may very well just toast his old rival tonight.