Rangers not keen on giving Celtic a guard of honour before Old Firm 1 month ago

Rangers not keen on giving Celtic a guard of honour before Old Firm

In Scottish football, winning is marginally more important than shithousing.

Guards of honour are an expected part of football tradition, if not always a popular one. They are given to the title winners if they have won the league title with games remaining in the season, and are generally followed respectfully.

That is unless the team expected to give the guard of honour happens to be bitter rivals of the champions.

A rivalry which is more bitter than most is the Old Firm. Rangers and Celtic fucking hate each other, which has added to their dynamic over the years, with both competing for titles in Scotland.

There wasn't a massive amount of competition this season (or any recent ones) though, with Celtic winning the league by a large number of points - their eighth in a row - and currently sitting nine points ahead of the Gers.

With two matches remaining in the campaign, Celtic's next opponents are none other than.... yes, Rangers, and if you think they are giving their rivals a guard of honour you have another thing coming.

The Daily Record has reported that Rangers have no intention of carrying out a guard of honour, but their former striker Kris Boyd believes they should.

"I think it would be the right thing to do," he said. "I think Rangers would make a statement about what type of club they are if they do it.

"Over the years, it has always been the case that Rangers have held themselves in high regard and rightly so, because of the way they have conducted themselves.

"It would be the right thing to do and, for me, I think they should.

"At the end of the day, they might be your rivals but they have won the league. Pay them the respect they deserve."

It's not unusual, to be fair to Rangers. In recent years, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have refused to give each other guards of honour, with both teams seemingly preferring to let their antipathy be public rather than feign respect for each other.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was asked about the guard of honour, and told reporters, "Have I got plans? I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to the club about it."

Back in 2016, Hibernian did not give Rangers a guard of honour when they won the Scottish Championship.