STEVEN GERRARD has admitted Neil Lennon’s sudden exit as Celtic boss didn’t surprise him.

The Liverpool legend, who has overcome the Irishman in the past three Glasgow derbies, has seen the Hoops’ bid for a historic tenth successive title come off the rails with his team winning 2-0 at Parkhead in October and 1-0 at Ibrox at the start of last month.

Gerrard was also successful in the last meeting of the teams in the east end of Glasgow last term when they won 2-1 in December.

Lennon, with his team 18 points off the pace with only eight Premiership matches to play, departed late last night with the club announcing his “resignation” this morning.

And Gerrard, speaking to the media, said: “I can’t say I’m surprised because of obviously what’s been going on over there.

“But I obviously take no personal satisfaction from seeing that news to Neil or any other fellow-manager that happens to.

“So, I wish him well for the future.”

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