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‘VITAL FOR RONNY’ – LENNON

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FORMER Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes it’s vital for Ronny Deila’s reputation to beat Rangers*.

The Irishman, who took over at Bolton earlier this season after four years as Hoops gaffer, thinks a win at Hampden is crucial for the Norwegian.

He said: “It’s significant for him, it’s his first Celtic v Rangers* game.

“They’ll go in as heavy favourites and if he wins it then it’ll change people’s perspective of him, believe it or not just on that one game.

“I think it’ll give him a bit more kudos with the Celtic fans.

“I’ve no idea if the jury is still out on him.

“They’re still going in four competitions and at this stage of the season is very consistent.

“I’ve not really watched much of Celtic really, because you have to move on with your life and I’ve got things to do here.

“But, by all accounts, the results have been pretty solid.

“I’m sure he’d be well prepared, but nothing really prepares you, the build-up is difficult.

“It’s all people are talking about and particularly this one because it’s the first one for three years.

“I had seven in one year and that’s enough to keep you going for a lifetime!

“The best time is kick-off because then everything goes, all that tension and pre-match build-up and then you can just concentrate on the game.”

*2012 version.

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