When he was confirmed as the permanent manager some Ibrox fans celebrated as if they had been drawn against Celtic in the Scottish Cup.
Across social media, on radio phone-ins and anywhere else that they could share their opinion the appointment of Lennon handed the initiative to the club from Ibrox.
Two home wins in the derby fixture plus a moral win in which they outplayed Lennon at Celtic Park in March despite losing 2-1 was all the signs that they needed.
During June journeymen like Jake Hastie, Greg Stewart and Jordan Jones came in to join the deadwood that Steven Gerrard had already assembled. Few noticed that Kyle Lafferty had been paid off while Eros Grezda and Borna Barisic continued to drain the wage bill but not as much as Steve Davis and Jermain Defoe.
Three wins in the SPFL plus qualification for the group stage of the Europa League sent expectations sky high but today reality returned with a bump created by the man from Lurgan.
“We don’t believe the noise, we don’t believe the hype,” Lennon told The Sun. “And we’ve come here and performed an outstanding masterclass in how to play in a derby here.
“We were on the front foot from the start. We dominated the first-half and weren’t really in any trouble. Allan McGregor kept Rangers in it from the scoreline being 3 or 4 today. Maybe now people will cut us a bit of slack and respect us.
“We knew coming here and Rangers in great form and we were in great form but we felt we had the quality.”
Lennon will continue to work in the transfer market until tomorrow night, comforted by a three point lead in the SPFL and a massive blow struck against this season’s Ibrox Revolution.