Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been hailed by Michael Brown for his fighting spirit and warned Rangers may fall off a new-year cliff once again.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Tottenham and Man City midfielder was impressed by a recent Lennon interview about how he is dealing with the pressures of the post.

Brown hailed Rangers for their remarkable unbeaten campaign in which they have opened up a mammoth 13-point lead over their city rivals.

But he warned that Steven Gerrard’s side had a massive post-Christmas downturn last season and a repeat can’t be ruled out.

Lennon’s position has come under huge threat and the club released a statement last week revealing his position is safe until the new year.

Brown told Football Insider: “It’s always about a replacement – he’ll be fighting, he’ll be hurting, Neil Lennon.

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“He wants to do well, you’ve seen what he’s given to that football club and his interview was sort of key: ‘I can’t control it, the questions just keep on coming, I’m just trying to fight to do it.’

“He was quite honest about it, he understands the criticism, but it doesn’t help when he’s looking over the road when they’re quietly just getting on with the job.

“I’m not peaking too early for them (Rangers). We’ve seen at Christmas last year, they sort of faded away slightly. I said I felt they’d come back stronger and they seem to be doing so.

“When you look at it as well, when you’ve got a bit of a lead and you start thinking: ‘Oh, this could do it,’ it does change your mindset.”

In other news, Celtic “may be about to sign their own Edouard Mendy”.