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Celtic 'Should Not' Give Rangers A Guard Of Honour

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Celtic 'Should Not' Give Rangers A Guard Of Honour

Celtic shouldn't give new Scottish champions, and fierce rivals, Rangers a guard of honour before the Old Firm game in two weeks time, that's the view of one Scottish pundit.

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On Sunday Rangers were crowned the Scottish Premiership winners for the first time in a decade, after Celtic failed to beat Dundee United, drawing 0-0 at Tannadice.

The draw ended Celtic's hopes of winning 10 titles in-a-row, having become the third Old Firm team to do nine last season, making it all the harder to take for the Hoops and even better for their rivals.

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What is worse for the Parkhead based team is their victorious rivals visit east Glasgow in 13 days time, the next league game.

Traditions suggests that Celtic will welcome the visitors with a guard of honour before kick off but Scottish journalist Hugh Keevins doesn't think the home side should stick to it.

"Tradition demands we open the debate on whether they should give the new champions a guard of honour when they next visit Parkhead," Keevins wrote in his Daily Record column

"No, they shouldn't.

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"Just as Rangers were right not to give Celtic a guard of honour when the boot was on the other foot.

Celtic players dejected at full time. Image: PA Images
Celtic players dejected at full time. Image: PA Images

"For all that the description implies dignity and respect, that's not what it means where these two are concerned. It is meant as a punishment exercise to be inflicted on one set of supporters for the enjoyment of another set of fans who want to rub their opponents' noses in their own misfortune.

"Rangers have won the title for reasons that don't stand on ceremony.

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"Their players don't need hollow applause from fellow pros who wouldn't be showing an ounce of sincerity while forming two disinterested lines before kick-off.

"And Gerrard doesn't need to be patronised by hollow gestures when Rangers have achieved success on the back of their own hard work."

Steven Gerrard celebrated with Rangers fans after the win over St Mirren. Image: PA Images
Steven Gerrard celebrated with Rangers fans after the win over St Mirren. Image: PA Images

Keevins probably has a point about 'hollow' applause and gestures, especially when you consider what transpired at the Etihad Stadium at the end of last season.

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However all anyone could talk about afterwards was Bernardo Silva's refusal to applaud their opposition for the evening onto the pitch.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Celtic, Scottish Premiership, Old Firm, Rangers

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