One “huge” difference between Rangers and Celtic managers Steven Gerrard and Neil Lennon is their experience of management, according to Alex Bruce.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the just-retired Kilmarnock defender and son of Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce pointed out how the key factor has been integral to recent events in Scotland.
A calamitous run of results from Rangers has left Celtic marching seemingly inexorably to a fourth consecutive domestic treble.
Lennon’s side moved 13 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership last night after coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Livingston.
By contrast, Rangers, who were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Hearts at the weekend, dropped points for the fifth time in their past eight Scottish Premiership games as they slumped to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Hamilton Academical.
“It’s massive, like any walk of life when you’re more experienced than someone it’s huge,” Bruce told Football Insider.
“Lenny’s been at Celtic for a long time now, he knows the ins and outs of the club, what’s required to be successful and Steven’s still learning his trade – he’s come out and said
that, that he makes mistakes.
“When you’re a young manager you’re going to do that.
“Whoever goes into management I’m sure your first couple of years you learn on the job, really. It can be scary at times, what you have to learn.
“I think if you ask Frank Lampard he’d say the same. He’s got that added experience, with Neil, and I think he’s been a really good appointment since Brendan left.
“He knows the club, he’s kept it going in the way that it is.”