Ex-Rangers ace Barry Ferguson on Celtic guard of honour debate

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BARRY FERGUSON has weighed in with his opinion on whether Celtic should give Rangers a guard of honour – if his former side travel to Celtic Park as champions next month.

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The two sides meet for the third Old Firm derby of the season on March 21 and if Rangers pick up maximum points in their next two games, against Livingston and St Mirren, they may travel to the East side of the city having already wrapped up the title.

For that to happen, Neil Lennon’s side would need to drop points to either Aberdeen or Dundee United who they play before the visit of their rivals.

The possibility of Steven Gerrard’s men travelling to Parkhead as champions has raised the question of whether they would be given a guard of honour coming onto the pitch, as is often the custom when a team wins a league title before the culmination of a season.

But Ferguson, believes that is an unlikely occurrence, if Rangers do indeed go into the game having already secured the Scottish Premiership title.

“Listen, it’s different up here remember,” he told the GO Football Show.

“I’m sure when it’s all done and if Rangers do win it, I’m sure Celtic will admit Rangers were the better team.

“Previously when Celtic have won leagues, certainly in my time, you have to be the better man and say ‘look, Celtic were better than us this season’.

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“So, in terms of having a guard of honour, I very much doubt it will happen but it’s something that doesn’t concern me and I’m sure it won’t concern anyone at both clubs.”

The former Rangers captain, who now manages Kelty Hearts, also revealed how he would mark the end of a Scottish Premiership season in which he was not on the winning side.

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“I used to, if we didn’t win the league, I would go and watch Celtic pick the trophy up because it made me even more determined the following season to work even harder,” he admitted.

“I found it was a motivational thing for me.”

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