|Scottish Premiership: Celtic v Rangers|
|Venue: Celtic Park Date: Sunday, 31 March Kickoff: 12:00 GMT|
Neil Lennon won three league titles and 2 Scottish Cups during his first stint as Celtic manager, but how does he fare in the money of Old Business success?
A win will move his side 13 points clear by seven matches to play and, on the personal level, might just edge him towards a permanent appointment as Celtic boss.
But how does his Old Firm record compare those that succeeded him Celtic director during the previous 19 decades?
more wins compared to defeats
Lennon’s win ratio against Rangers may be the combined third best record among Celtic’s past six managers, together with six wins and 2 appeals to his 12 Old Firm matches. Just Brendan Rodgers at a remarkable 77 percent and Martin O’Neill – whose teams Lennon played – at 59% have fared better.
The recent Parkhead manager’s win ratio of 50 percent would be just like that of successor Ronny Deila, but that includes the substantial caveat that the Deadly only presided over two Old Firm matches and came in cup competitions contrary to a Rangers side playing in the Championship.
Draws edges him close to O’Neill
Once you dig deeper into the numbers and examine the points per Mature Firm game obtained by Celtic’s past six bosses – assigning the standard league rewards to cup matches – Lennon’s record is burnished farther.
Rodgers, unsurprisingly, stands out a space above the others but Lennon’s average of 1.7 is just short of all the feted O’Neill around 1.89 and can be 0.3 points per match a lot better compared to Gordon Strachan, Deila and Tony Mowbray.
Plenty of goals in Lennon’s tenure
Rodgers’ all-conquering side again come out at the top when it comes to average goals scored (2.4) and declared (0.5) in Old Firm matches, but Lennon again holds their or her own by that measure.
Even though Deila’s Celtic scored four times in his two games to leave him – perhaps disingenuously – with all the secondbest record, Lennon’s stats of 1.7 goals per match places him on a level with O’Neill and far beyond Mowbray and Strachan.
The place Lennon does falter is in his side’s defensive listing, which sits last alongside Mowbray’s with a mean of 1.3 goals conceded per match. However, once more, this is by no way that a noteworthy drop away from O’Neill and Strachan’s recordings of 1.26 and 1.13 respectively.