Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has said the possibility of playing Rangers at Ibrox for a third time this season is a “major concern” – but it is just the bitter rantings of someone always keen to play the victim.
Lennon told the BBC that playing at Ibrox for a third time would put his side at a “major” disadvantage despite winning both their visits to the stadium so far this season.
The Gers could face Lennon’s side a third time at Ibrox after the Easter Road side out-performed expectations this season and made the top six in the league but that then leads to the fixtures being out of sync and teams having an imbalanced season.
After spending so long in Scottish football – both as a coach and a player – Lennon knows full well the implications of the split and knows exactly who has the power to change it but going to Hibs chairman, and Scottish FA vice-president, Rod Petrie doesn’t have the same effect that complaining to the media does.
Clubs decide every year to keep the split in the face of ardent opposition from fans and the complaints that come out from the same clubs who implemented and continue to back it have much less to do with actually changing it so there is an equal balance of fixtures and more about taking the pressure off their own side.
As a player, Lennon was well placed to take advantage of Rangers being sent to grounds three times in a season but, oddly, never once did the former Celtic captain speak out against the lack of sporting integrity in the Scottish game.