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'Average to say the least': Neil Lennon hits out at Caixinha after rival comments

By Matt Farr

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has hit out at Pedro Caixinha after his criticism of Aberdeen.

Rangers take on Aberdeen at Ibrox on Wednesday night in their penultimate Scottish Premiership clash of the season, but Caixinha has sparked a war of words with his rival chief after criticising Aberdeen’s quality.

The Portuguese had claimed Aberdeen were nearing ‘the end of their cycle’, and that manager Derek McInnes would need to renew his side this summer if they were to stay in contention next term.

He had also talked up his own side by insisting Rangers were a team ‘on the way up’, despite their poor showing this season, but ex-Celtic chief Lennon has now joined the war of words by hitting out at Caixinha.

Speaking on BT Sport, in a video shared on their official Twitter account, Lennon insisted the new Rangers chief has failed to improve upon where his predecessor Mark Warburton left of.

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He said: “I think he’s been average to say the least. He talks straight in front of the cameras, looks good.

“We all talk a good game about tactics and formations and this that and the other, it’s a results driven business. I don’t think there has been any improvement since Warburton left.

“I think Derek has done a fantastic job and he’s right Rangers should finish above Aberdeen and he should not be talking about what Aberdeen are doing, about cycles.”

Since succeeding Warburton in the Ibrox dugout, Caixinha has won five of his nine games in charge, but looks set to see his side restricted to a third-placed finish in the league table, exactly where they were when he arrived.

Aberdeen boss McInnes had earlier issued his own fiery response to Caixinha’s comments, branding the Rangers boss as ‘strange’ for talking about other sides too much.

Caixinha has openly discussed his opposition ahead of a tie, with Aberdeen a particularly regular topic for the Rangers chief.

Ahead of their last meeting on April 9, Caixinha attempted to unsettle his opponents by predicting their full starting line-up, as well as six possible substitutes, a day earlier.

In other Rangers news, Caixinha has demanded more from this Rangers regular next season.

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