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26th Sep, 2017 | 8:25am

Lennon makes claim about Rangers squad following defeat against Celtic

By Abigail Withey 

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon has claimed that the Rangers squad are “not there yet” after watching their defeat against Celtic on Saturday.

The Light Blues hosted the Hoops at Ibrox in the first Old Firm clash of the season, but lost the game 2-0 due to goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths.

Celtic went into the game with their first-choice backline, while the hosts were missing their skipper and left-back Lee Wallace as well as marquee summer signing Bruno Alves.

Lennon has reflected on Rangers’ performance and believes that despite their recent improvement they still haven’t reached their potential.

“I saw the first half of the Old Firm game. Rangers had a bit of a go in a spell in the first half,” the Hibs boss explained, as quoted by the Daily Record.

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“They’re not there yet, Rangers.

“There’s no question the manager has been backed and they’ve improved. But Celtic are an exceptionally good side and will go to Anderlecht and give them a few problems as well.

“Whatever way you set up, they can still find a way to beat you. I don’t know what way I’m going to play.”

Lennon’s side are due to face the domestic treble champions on Saturday in the eighth game of the Premiership.

Hibernian currently sit above Pedro Caixinha’s men in the league standings in fourth position.

The Edinburgh club are currently on 12 points while Gers trail behind on 11, but the Hoops are miles ahead of their opponents and sit at the summit of the table two points clear of Aberdeen, who are next in the rankings.

Rangers will travel to the SuperSeal stadium this weekend to face Hamilton Academical and hope to clinch a well-needed three points.

In other Rangers news, Barjonas has admitted he feels for this Light Blues defender after their Old Firm defeat.

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