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Rangers and Neil Lennon put Celtic boss Ronny Deila on the spot

Former boss says Celts chief has lost the fans... and, after Old Firm defeat, his job will be next

By Jim Gracey

Published 18/04/2016

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: A general view during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: A general view during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers is tackled by Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers fans wave flags during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers scores the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers scores the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Kenny Miller scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' fans during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Celtic fans sing ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Singer Rod Stewart looks on during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers Chairman Dave King looks on during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Celtic fans let off a flare during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier of Rangers puts pressure on Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: The Celtic team huddle ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers holds off the challenge of Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier of Rangers puts pressure on Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay of Rangers holds off pressure from Stefan Johansen of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers holds off pressure from Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic celebrates after scoring their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic celebrates after scoring their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic celebrates after scoring their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic celebrates after scoring their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' manager Mark Warburton (right) and Celtic manager Ronny Deila during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko (right) scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' manager Mark Warburton during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier of Rangers vies with Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers manager Mark Warburton reacts during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier of Rangers vies with Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Scott Brown of Celtic receives medical attention during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic's Scott Brown gets treatment on the sideline during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers is tackled by Nir Bitton of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Stefan Johansen of Celtic holds off pressure from Andrew Halliday of Rangers during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Stefan Johansen of Celtic holds off pressure from Andrew Halliday of Rangers during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers is tackled by Nir Bitton of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Scott Brown of Celtic clears the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Dean Sheils of Rangers goes down under pressure during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko tackles Rangers' Dean Shiels (right) during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's manager Ronny Deila during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko tackles Rangers' Dean Shiels during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Patrick Roberts reacts after a missed shot during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Patrick Roberts reacts after a missed shot during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Patrick Roberts of Celtic reacts after missing a chance during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Patrick Roberts of Celtic reacts after missing a chance during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Patrick Roberts of Celtic reacts after missing a chance during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rangers' Dean Shiels and Celtic's Kieran Tierney battle for the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Kenny Miller celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Kenny Miller and Celtic's Scott Brown (left) battle for the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Nir Bitton of Celtic holds off pressure from Kenny Miller of Rangers during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Celtic fans let off a flare during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Celtic' Scott Brown during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Dedryck Boyata (left) and Rangers' Jason Holt (right) battle for the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers fans wave flags ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rangers' Wes Foderingham (right) and Martyn Waghorn celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Nicky Law scores the winning penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' manger Mark Warburton celebrates victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' James Tavernier misses a penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Callum McGregor reacts to a missed penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' manager Mark Warburton during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Tom Rogic (hidden) scores his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Tom Rogic (not pictured) scores his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic manager Ronny Deila during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Barrie McKay scores his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic manager Ronny Deila during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay of Rangers celebrates team-mate James Tavernier after scoring their second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after he scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after he scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after he scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rangers' Wes Foderingham makes a save at the feet of Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (right) during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after he scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after he scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (L) of Rangers celebrates with team-mate James Tavernier after scoring their second goalduring the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Barrie McKay celebrates scoring his sides second goal with team mates during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Barrie McKay (not pictured) scores his sides second goal past Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Barrie McKay (second right)scores his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Barrie McKay (right) celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Barrie McKay (right) celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths heads the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Lee Wallace holds his face during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths reacts during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Scott Brown during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviatchenko of Celtic scores during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
Celtic and Rangers' fans during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic scores their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic celebrates after scoring their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' players mob goalkeeper Wes Foderingham as they celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebtate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebtate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
Rangers' goal keeper Wes Foderingham as he celebrates with team mates after their victory during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' goal keeper Wes Foderingham as he celebrates with team mates after their victory during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Dominic Ball and Rob Kiernan of Rangers celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Martyn Waghorn of Rangers celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty IMages)
Rangers' goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and manager Mark Warburton celebrate after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Tom Rogic misses his penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Tom Rogic misses his penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates victory at the end of the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic players looks dejected during the penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates victory at the end of the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers goal keeper Wes Foderingham celebrates victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' players mob goal keeper Wes Foderingham as they celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers celebrate winning the penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' players mob goal keeper Wes Foderingham as they celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers celebrate winning the penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebtate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier of Rangers celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
Rangers' players mob goal keeper Wes Foderingham as they celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' players mob goal keeper Wes Foderingham as they celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Neil Lennon refused to put himself in the frame for a return to his old job as Celtic manager with his successor, Ronny Deila, admitting he faces an uncertain future after yesterday's Scottish Cup semi-final shootout defeat by rejuvenated rivals Rangers.

Lurgan man Lennon declined to comment directly on Deila's fate, deeming it disrespectful, in the aftermath of what could be a defining result for both clubs - energising newly promoted Rangers, 5-4 winners on penalties after 120 minutes' dramatic action ended 2-2, and sparking recriminations at Celtic.

He was, however, drawn into the debate on Delia's future and delivered a damning verdict to the effect that the current Celtic manager had lost the support of the club's fans.

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"He has a long way to go to win back the fans," observed Lennon, who stepped down at the end of the 2014 season to be succeeded by Norwegian Deila who, despite a title win in his first season, has never been universally accepted by the Parkhead fans.

Lennon, who later joined and was then sacked by Bolton Wanderers, would be a popular replacement with the supporters and is among the bookies' favourites to be re-appointed with Deila now expected to exit sooner rather than later.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has also been linked with the post but an approach for him would come with a six-figure compensation price tag under the terms of his newly signed four-year deal with the Irish Football Association.

Lennon, working as a SKY TV sports pundit, sidestepped the question of his possible return, saying: "No-one wants to see anyone lose their job and I won't comment while there's still a manager in charge. It's disrespectful as I know from having in that situation very recently at Bolton.

"Ronny still has a title to win and I imagine he and the club will want to get on with that and then talk about what happens next in the summer."

Belfast Telegraph

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