Kennedy confirms simple reason why Celtic won’t give Rangers guard of honour

Date published: Friday 19th March 2021 4:06 - Samuel Bannister

Celtic will not give a guard of honour to rivals Rangers when they meet at Parkhead on Sunday after losing their title of Scottish champions to them.

The Light Blues recently won their 55th Scottish Premiership title. In the process, they prevented their Old Firm rivals making it 10 in a row.

Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had recently said on Sky Sports that his old club should show ‘humility and class’ by applauding Steven Gerrard’s men onto the pitch.

However, Celtic were not given a guard of honour at Ibrox in 2019 after clinching their eighth successive title.

With that in mind, Celtic will not be giving a guard of honour in return this year.

Interim boss John Kennedy told Sky Sports: “It is a subject that has been brought up and I’ve seen several people chatting about it.

“It was the same two years ago when we were the champions although, if I’m being honest, I don’t think such a fuss was made about it and I don’t see it as a big issue.

“We have spoken collectively about it and we won’t do it.

“It is not about lacking class. It is nothing like that because we are a club that always shows class and dignity and does what’s right.

“But ultimately, that same group of players who went there as champions and didn’t get respect at that time, if you want to call it that, are the same players who are being asked to stand there (this time).

“So we have decided, as a group, that we will just get on with the game.”


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