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Celtic Won't Be Giving Rangers A Guard Of Honour This Weekend

Celtic Won't Be Giving Rangers A Guard Of Honour This Weekend

This season has been nothing short of a disaster for Celtic.

Having entered the campaign with hopes of winning a historic tenth consecutive league title, they hardly put up a challenge as Rangers won the competition for the first time since 2011. Couple that with their poor performances in Europe and it seemed inevitable that Neil Lennon would lose his job.

Their season is all but over already, but they will have the opportunity to get one over on their rivals this weekend. They will host Rangers tomorrow afternoon, with Steven Gerrard's side arriving at Parkhead having already wrapped up the title.

Much has been made about Celtic potentially giving the visitors a guard of honour before the game, something traditionally done for a team who has won the league before the final few fixtures. However, you will not be surprised to learn that it won't be happening on this occasion.

Speaking ahead of the game, interim manager John Kennedy said that his players will not be applauding Rangers onto the pitch after Celtic were not given that honour under similar circumstances back in 2018.

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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Hardly a shock.

Rangers enter the game 20 points ahead at the top of the league, with Celtic hoping to restore some of the pride they have lost in recent months.

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Gary Connaughton

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