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Neil Lennon claim baffles Mark Warburton

By Andy Newport

Rangers boss Mark Warburton insists he will not buckle as he prepares to sample his first Old Firm battle. The Ibrox manager brushed off suggestions he will not be able to cope with the pressure when hostilities with Celtic are renewed in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final on April 17.

He was responding to comments from former Parkhead boss and Ulsterman Neil Lennon, who said: "Nothing will prepare Warburton for his first taste of the Old Firm as a manager."

Warburton, whose side face St Mirren tomorrow, said: "I'm sure certain managers will say they have been misquoted.

"I'm bemused by people who say you won't be able to deal with it. We've dealt with it all season. It's another game of football. We understand the significance of it. If I can't deal with it, I shouldn't be doing the job."

Lennon also suggested the Light Blues lacked the physicality to topple Ronny Deila's team, adding: "Celtic will be too strong for them in the end".

But Warburton does not fear being out-muscled.

He added: "Whatever Neil or anyone else thinks, that is down to them. I'm not going to criticise that. But we are very confident in our side. Our physicality in our minds is not in question."

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