Neil Lennon has questioned Mark Warburton’s experience ahead of Rangers playing Celtic in the Scottish Cup next weekend.
The former Hoops player has plenty of Old Firm managerial experience from his four-year stint as boss of the club.
And it’s in that department where he believes Ronny Deila has the advantage over Warburton.
The Norwegian boss took control of Celtic’s League Cup semi-final victory over Rangers last year and has almost two seasons of being Hoops boss under his belt.
But Warburton – despite transforming Rangers this season – is only in his first campaign since taking over the club last summer.
Now Lennon believes the Englishman’s lack of Old Firm experience will be the biggest factor in the outcome of the Hampden clash.
Speaking at the ‘You Are The Ref’ Q&A session in Glasgow, Lennon said, via dailyrecord.co.uk: “When the semi-final draw was made it intrigued me.
“Rangers were superb against Dundee in the last round but they have a young team. Mark Warburton doesn’t have any Old Firm experience and Ronny Deila has .
“Ronny won the League Cup semi-final last year and I just think Celtic will be too strong for Rangers on the day.
“Nothing will prepare Warburton for his first taste of the Old Firm as a manager. With the game being at Hampden, that moves the bumpers a bit too for Rangers.
“I just think that with the big-game experience Celtic have, they will win. I’m not sure Warburton’s Rangers side will have come up against as good a team as Celtic yet.
“Like all Old Firm games, it will be about who performs on the day.”
Despite Lennon’s suggestion that Deila and Celtic’s experience will be too much for Warburton and Rangers, both teams may go into the game with different moods.
The Hoops may be leading the Premiership, but they’ve played poorly this season and exits in the Champions League, Europa League and League Cup, as well as the four-point gap over Aberdeen, reflect that.
Meanwhile, Rangers are high on confidence as they steamroller the Championship and sit on the verge of promotion to the top-flight.