By Alex Stevens
Neil Lennon claimed the “tide has turned” in the Old Firm rivalry in the wake of Rangers’ Scottish Cup triumph over Celtic on Sunday.
Mark Warburton’s side won a penalty shoot-out 5-4 after the score had finished at 2-2 following extra time of a thrilling semi-final clash at Hampden Park on Sunday.
Newly-promoted Rangers have won the second tier by a canter but Scottish champions Celtic were strong favourites going into the clash.
Former Parkhead manager Neil Lennon not only hailed Rangers as deserved winners but claims their win marks a shift in the landscape of the Old Firm rivalry following years of Celtic dominance.
“The better football team came through,” Lennon told Sky Sports 2 after the match. “It pains me to say that. For years, Celtic have had the history of playing good football. It was always a physical battle with Rangers but we always felt were the better football team. On today’s evidence the tide has definitely turned.
“Rangers handled the occasion and the nerves brilliantly. Celtic were disappointing, even though they had good chances to win the game. They didn’t do enough and didn’t have enough spells of pressure.”
Goals from Kenny Miller and Barry McKay had twice give Rangers an advantage in the semi-final showdown but Erik Sviatchenko and Tom Rogic produced equalisers for Ronny Deila’s side.
The latest Rangers news is that the Light Blues will face Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final on 21 May.