Steven Gerrard and Neil Lennon have treated defeat in the title race very differently.

The Rangers gaffer has essentially threw the toys out the pram after a minor blip against Hearts.

Whereas, the Hoops manager was relatively calm after the derby defeat at the end of December.

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It appears one man is using his experience in the situation compared to the other who is like a fish out water.

Neil Lennon on Rangers derby loss

One of the major blows in this season’s title race was the shock Rangers win at Parkhead.

Katic scoring the second Rangers goal in rare derby away win at Celtic Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was the Ibrox club’s first win at their bitter rival’s place in nine years.

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However, it didn’t appear to irk Lennon as much as fans might have expected – he’s seen it all before.

Lennon told the BBC post match: “There’s a little bit of inexperience, but psychologically we need to play these games better.

“We’ve got January coming up, we’ll look to add to the squad. There’s no panic here. We’ve been absolutely sensational basically since August.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was calm after derby defeat in December. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“We’re at the same sort of juncture as this time last year. If we get the same response as we did last year we’ll be absolutely fine.”

Steven Gerrard fuming following Hearts defeat

Fans would have been raw and sore and rightly aghast at Lennon’s words after the derby loss.


But, it appears all relative compared to his Glasgow counterpart following his side’s defeat in Edinburgh.

Gerrard appears to have thrown his players under the bus after their 2-1 loss against Hearts.

He told the BBC: “Hearts deserved the win, they’ve rushed us off the pitch, they’ve rattled us.

“You can lose a football match but when you don’t recognise your players it’s a bit of a shock.

Steven Gerrard reacting following win over Celtic at Parkhead. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Before today’s game Celtic were waiting for us to blink, today we’ve blinked big time.

“Today, I could pick eight players that I didn’t recognise – who were passengers. In 100 games, I’ve never sat here and said that.”

Some Gers fans will lap up Gerrard’s supposed honesty post-match and hope the Scouser goes through them.

However, this could go to his side’s detriment and create a negative atmosphere in the dressing room.

Lennon has been the hot head in the past and has seen what happens as a result.

At the end of the day, Celtic fans would rather the keep calm and carry on approach rather than the gung ho angry approach Gerrard appears to present.

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