NEIL LENNON jumped to the defence of Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes last night as the storm created by Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha shows no sign of easing.
Caixinha, who could be in danger of facing a charge from the SFA of bringing the game into disrepute, for his comments on Aberdeen, will come face to face with McInnes tonight as the sides meet for the final time this season at Ibrox.
McInnes yesterday hit back at the Portuguese’s bizarre comments and told Caixinha to worry about his own job and that involved beating Celtic.
Last night on BT Sports Neil Lennon was asked about the row, that has entertained Scottish football watchers this week, and the Hibs boss backed McInnes and labelled Caixinha as an ‘average’ manager.
Caixinha fired the first bullet when he stated that Aberdeen are coming to the end of their ‘cycle’ and picked out that players who would be leaving and the ones he wants to sign for Rangers.
McInnes, at his pre-match conference yesterday, hit back saying that Rangers should be ’embarrassed’ at finishing behind Aberdeen and accused the Ibrox boss of playing to the gallery. He also told Caixinha that his job was to finish ahead of Celtic, ho are currently 36 points clear of the Ibrox side.
Speaking on BT Sports last night Lennon had his say and claimed that Rangers haven’t got a better boss that Mark Warburton who they parted company with mid season.
“I think he (Caixinha) has been average to say the least,” Lennon said.
“He talks great in front of the cameras, looks great.
“We all talk a great game about tactics and formations and this that and the other, it’s a results driven business. I don’t think there has been any improvement since Warburton left.
“I agree with Derek. I thought Derek was quite spikey in his press conference but he had every right to be.
“I think Derek has done a fantastic job and he’s right Rangers should finish above Aberdeen and he should not be talking about what Aberdeen are doing, about cycles.
“Derek McInnes just builds on what he has already built and they’ve been so consistent over the past few seasons.”
And Lennon has news for both the Rangers and Aberdeen gaffers – Hibs are coming and want that second spot next season!
“That’s the intention. It’s important we keep momentum. I think it depends how well we recruit.
“We’ve had a good look at Aberdeen this season, we’ve played Hearts over two games and they are teams who are there or thereabouts. I think Rangers will be stronger next season.
“Our challenge is first of all top six then can we progress from there but I want to finish best of the rest.”