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Neil Lennon issues Celtic rallying cry by branding Saturday's derby with Rangers as the most important Old Firm clash of his managerial career as the champions trail Steven Gerrard's unbeaten leaders by 16 points Celtic visit Rangers in the second Old Firm derby of this Scottish league season  Neil Lennon's side trail Rangers by 16 points and must win to stay in the title race  Lennon has branded Saturday's derby at Ibrox as his most important Old Firm Steven Gerrard's Rangers are unbeaten in the league so far this season 

By Stephen Mcgowan for MailOnline

Published: 00:53 GMT, 2 January 2021 | Updated: 00:56 GMT, 2 January 2021

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Neil Lennon admits he is gearing up for the most important Old Firm clash of his Celtic career.

The champions trail leaders Rangers by 16 points and defeat at Ibrox would effectively end all hopes of winning a tenth title in a row.

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Early exits from Europe and the Betfred Cup provoked angry protests from supporters seeking a change of manager.

Neil Lennon claims Saturday's derby with Rangers is his most important Old Firm clash to date

Neil Lennon claims Saturday's derby with Rangers is his most important Old Firm clash to date

Lennon's (right) Celtic meet Steven Gerrard's league leaders at Ibrox on Saturday lunchtime

Lennon's (right) Celtic meet Steven Gerrard's league leaders at Ibrox on Saturday lunchtime

And, despite rallying to win their last four league games, Celtic directors have promised a review of the situation early in the New Year.

Conceding that the encounter with Steven Gerrard’s side is as big as anything he has faced in two decades as player and manager, Lennon said: ‘They are always important but, with the position we find ourselves in, it’s important we don’t lose the game.

‘We’re playing well, we’ve found a

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