Celtic manager and Rangers manager

Neil Lennon is “scared to death” of Rangers duo Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent ahead of Old Firm rematch this month.

That is according to ex-Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, as he delivered his verdict on the hotly-anticipated SPL encounter on 29 December at Parkhead.

Celtic have won both the matches between the two Glasgow giants this season, including Sunday’s absorbing Scottish League Cup final 1-0.

But Whelan claims that the Hampden result was not an accurate gauge of the strength of the two sides and only Fraser Forster’s excellence in goal got Celtic over the line.

Morelos missed a hatful of chances on Sunday, including a penalty that was saved by Forster following the dismissal of Jeremie Frimpong.

“Morelos came up against his nemesis,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He was up against a superhero who was too good for him on the day.

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“But I do rate Morelos, his movement is excellent and he will always get chances. It’s not easy scoring goals, it’s the hardest job in football.

“He has an eye for goal and people will pay a lot of money. It was the keeper’s day on Sunday but Lennon will be worried about the match this month.

“Celtic will fear Morelos and Ryan Kent. Lennon is scared to death of them, privately, no doubt about that.

“He knows that if Celtic play like that next time, Rangers will win. Lennon knows the gods were on his side on Sunday.”

Celtic have a two-point advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership after 15 matches have been played this season.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have submitted a blockbuster offer as they aim to seal £50,000-a-week deal ahead of January.