Celtic will refuse to give newly crowned Scottish league champions Rangers a guard of honour ahead of this weekend’s Old Firm derby.
Steven Gerrard’s side have swept all before them on the domestic front this season and officially knocked their Glasgow rivals off their perch earlier this month following Celtic’s goalless draw against Dundee United.
Rangers travel to Parkhead on Sunday in what will represent their first Scottish League fixture since their coronation.
Given the scenes of jubilation which broke coronavirus regulations, as masses of fans took the streets outside Ibrox, a fortnight ago, serious consideration had been given to calling off the match altogether before it was given the green light by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon earlier this week.
Further debate, meanwhile, had centred on whether Celtic should, as has become custom in the Premier League, mark Rangers’ achievement by staging a guard of honour, but Kennedy insists they will be doing no such thing.
‘It is something that we have discussed. It is a subject that has been brought up and I have seen several people talking about it,’ he told Sky Sports News.
‘It was the same two years ago when we were champions and if I am being honest, I don’t think such a fuss was being made about it. I don’t see it as a big issue.
‘For us, we spoke collectively about it and we won’t do it. It is not about lacking class, nothing like that, because we are a club that always shows class and dignity and do what is right.
‘But ultimately this same group of players went in as champions and didn’t get the respect that time, if you want to call it that.
‘They are the same players who are being asked to stand there. We have decided collectively as a group. We will just get on with the game, park that, so we will focus fully on the game and just put that to bed.’
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