Date: 5th July 2019 at 4:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has slaughtered Celtic manager Neil Lennon and insisted he would rather play for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard “any day of the week”.

In an exclusive interview with Football Insider, the recently-retired striker delivered a ringing endorsement of his former England teammate Gerrard.

By contrast, Bent slammed Lennon as “old school” and claimed there is never a drama far away with the Northern Irishman, who he tips to be axed by Celtic at the start of next year.

Asked by Football Insider which of the two Old Firm clubs would players rather join right now, Bent said:  “First of all you look at the managers. Now I’d rather go and play for a Steven Gerrard over Neil Lennon any day of the week because he’s (Lennon) old school.

“It’s different if it’s Brendan Rodgers, the football he played is different with Neil Lennon, he’s inherited a really good squad first and foremost, but if we talk about fresh ideas new ideas and manager on the up, the more exciting team, it has to be Rangers for me.

“I like the way Steven Gerrard plays, I like his passion, I know him quite well playing with England and playing against him and he’s someone that I’d like to play for.

“Whereas Neil Lennon for me, what you don’t want around any football club is drama and I always feel that with Neil Lennon there’s always little things that crop up around him, things will go well for him for a year at Celtic, that start of next year there’ll be a bit more drama and he’ll be out the job, it feels it might come back round again.

“For me I’d go for Steven Gerrard, the more stable environment for me is under Steven Gerrard.”

Lennon was named Celtic manager for the second time in February when Brendan Rodgers abruptly quit to take over at Leicester City.

The 48-year-old steered the club to league and cup trophies to secure a third consecutive treble, which was enough for him to be appointed full-time boss.

Gerrard, 39, is preparing for his second season in management after a solid first campaign in which Rangers finished second, narrowed the gap on the Hoops and had an impressive European run.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club are  in pole position to sign a player tipped to ‘be worth £20million next year’.