John Hartson believes Celtic should not give Rangers a guard of honour during the upcoming Old Firm derby.
Steven Gerrard’s side won the Scottish Premiership title for the first time in 10 years Sunday after Celtic’s goalless draw with Dundee United.
Celtic are due to host Rangers at Celtic Park on March 21 and are set to make a decision whether to give a guard of honour to their rivals.
In 2019, Rangers refused the same courtesy when Celtic travelled to Ibrox after clinching the title.
And Hartson believes his former club should not be offering any gestures towards Gerrard’s side.
‘Why would you start it now?’ Hartson told The Herald.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.’