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Watch: Neil Lennon Was Unrelenting About Pitch Invasion Against Rangers

Hibernian and Rangers played an extraordinary game on the final day of the season.

Hibs required a massive win over Rangers in order to secure Europa League football. A 3-0 lead after 22 minutes gave Hibs the initiative to chase the most unlikely of goal difference comebacks.

However, the visiting Rangers would score five unanswered goals over the course of the next 45 minutes to lead 5-3 with twenty minutes to go.

Jamie MacLaren would score his second to cut the gap to one goal, before scoring in the third minute of added time to earn an absurd 5-5 draw for the home side.

Hibs manager Neil Lennon, who as a Celtic stalwart has history with the blue half of Glasgow, was understandably thrilled, and joined in with the pitch celebrations despite the final whistle having not been blown.

He was duly sent off by referee Andrew Dallas, but the Lurgan man was unapologetic in his post-match interview with BT Sport.

“It was bonkers, absolutely bonkers”, he gushed. “We were 3-0 up, and I can’t believe I’m saying this – but we needed the fourth!”

“It just sums our season up. It’s been exiting, exhilarating, brilliant football. I’m really proud of the players and the supporters.

“I felt we could have won the game, and they could say the same as neither team bothered to defend today!

“I was getting a bit of stick off the Rangers supporters as you can imagine. I just gave them it back and got sent off. But I’ll take it. It was worth it.”

Rangers and Hibernian finish third and fourth respectively in the Scottish Premiership, with Celtic romping home to the title.

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