Neil Lennon sees funny side to possible Celtic-Rangers trilogy

By John Reid

December 17, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has seen the funny of a potential trilogy of games between the Hoops and bitter rivals Rangers next year.

Should both teams be drawn against each other in the last 16 of the Europa League, they would meet three times in a week.

The Europa League fixtures would be on the 12th and 19th of March, with the league game at Ibrox on the 15th.

Now Lennon has had his say on the matter, using one word to describe the possible trilogy – ‘carnage’.

“Watch the games from Barbados”

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“It would be carnage! I think I’d watch the games from Barbados!” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.

Neither Celtic or Rangers will even be giving any thought to the teams meeting in the last 16 of the Europa League yet. Both teams will be focused on winning their last 32 ties first. Celtic face FC Copenhagen, and Rangers take on Braga.

However, it does throw up the possibility of the teams facing each other nine times this season. The teams have already met each other twice this season, with the Hoops winning both games.

There are another three league encounters left to play, and a possible Scottish Cup tie. Should that game go to a replay, and the teams face each other in Europe, it would mean that there would be an unprecedented nine Glasgow derbies in a season.

Neither team would relish situation

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That is not a situation that either team would relish. It would bring back memories of the 2010-11 season. In that season, Neil Lennon’s first as Celtic boss, the teams played each other seven times.

Hopefully that does not happen again this season. It would just be too many derbies in a short space of time. They would arguably end up becoming a distraction.

Celtic should just concentrate on making sure that they defeat Copenhagen and reach the last 16 of the Europa League. If the teams are drawn together in the last 16, so be it, but it isn’t something to be concerned about yet.