Hartson tells Celtic to snub giving Rangers a guard of honour after title win

John Hartson believes his former club Celtic should not give Rangers a guard of honour when the two teams meet at Celtic Park on March 21.

Rangers sealed their first league title since 2011 on Sunday when Celtic were held to a 0-0 draw by Dundee United, with the result ensuring that they could not catch their rivals.

With the sides set to face each other later this month, Celtic will need to decide whether to give Rangers a guard of honour.

Rangers refused to give Celtic one in 2019 when they played at Ibrox after the Hoops had clinched the title and Hartson, who spent five seasons as a Celtic player, has claimed “the guard of honour thing is just a nonsense”.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson believes they should not give Rangers a guard of honour

Speaking to the Herald, Hartson said: “Why would you start it now? And where do you stop it? There is respect between players.

“Celtic don’t need to be told this season that Rangers have deserved it. And the players will appreciate just how well Rangers have played and how consistent they have been.

“But the guard of honour thing is just a nonsense, really. They are rivals and there has to be mutual respect but you can have that without needing to go down the guard of honour road.

Rangers fans celebrate outside Ibrox Stadium, home of Rangers Football Club, in Glasgow on March 7, 2021 after their first Scottish Premiership title for 10 years was confirmed.
Rangers were crowned champions as Celtic failed to beat Dundee United on Sunday

“What Rangers have achieved this season is there in black and white and will be forever more. They don’t need a guard of honour to be reminded of what they have done.

“Celtic have been disappointing this season. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. But at the same time when you reflect on what they done and how they dominated Scottish football for a decade, there has to be an admiration for everything that they achieved.

“Nine successive titles is extraordinary as was four quadruple Trebles – that won’t be done again. And I’m fairly sure that in that run there would have been a fair few chances for Rangers to offer a guard of honour at that time which they didn’t.

“That’s not me being a former Celtic player and speaking like this. I just honestly think that there is no need to start it.”

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