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LENNON ORDERS OLD FIRM DOUBLE

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NEIL LENNON has ordered his Hibs players to complete a memorable Old Firm double when they take on Rangers at Easter Road.

The Edinburgh side set up the encounter with Steven Gerrard’s men this evening following their 2-0 victory over champions Celtic at the weekend.

It was only the team’s second win in nine games with the triumph over the champions coming on the back of a success at Hamilton Accies.

They got off to the perfect start by scoring inside the first minute against Brendan Rodgers’ outfit.

Consecutive wins over the Glasgow giants would be a major achievement and Lennon believes it would have the rest of the top flight running scared.

He said: “I didn’t see Sunday’s win coming, to be honest, but it shows what they are capable of. It’s lifted the place and it’s a good marker for upcoming games.

“They are big games. Obviously, Rangers are in town, then it’s Livingston, Rangers again and then Hearts all before the new year, so they don’t come any bigger.

“The players don’t need any extra motivation. They’ve got to drink up the feeling they got after the game and look for more of it.

“I’m annoyed at the differential in the levels of performance. I know what the players are capable of and they haven’t been showing that.

“It just shows you what a little bit of confidence can do.

“If we can overcome Rangers, we’ll be back in the top six and all of a sudden we start to look a real threat again in this division, which is what we want.”

This will be the first time the teams have met at Easter Road since the last day of the previous campaign, but it is unlikely there will be a repeat of that remarkable confrontation.

Hibs and Rangers shared TEN goals that unforgettable afternoon in Leith!

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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