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Kennedy reveals why Celtic won't give their rivals Rangers a guard of honour despite winning Premiership title


John Kennedy

John Kennedy

John Kennedy

John Kennedy has explained why Celtic will not give new champions Rangers a guard of honour at Parkhead tomorrow.

The Light Blues recently won their 55th Scottish Premiership title and, in the process, prevented their Old Firm rivals making it 10 in a row.

Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers recently said his old club should show "humility and class" by applauding Steven Gerrard's men onto the pitch.

However, Celtic were not given a guard of honour at Ibrox in 2019 after clinching their eighth successive title.

Interim boss Kennedy said: "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."

Meanwhile, Kennedy insists ending Rangers' unbeaten Scottish Premiership season does not underpin Celtic's motivation for tomorrow's derby.

Rangers have won 28 and drawn four of 32 league games and are six games away from an invincible league campaign like Celtic achieved in 2016-17, where, indeed, the Parkhead side clinched a domestic treble.

He said: "It is not something we will use as motivation. Our motivation will purely be to take the game in isolation, competing against your biggest rivals, and putting a marker down in terms of what we do going forward.

"Rangers have won the title, we accept that and it is about moving forward and not just accepting that is going to be the norm.

"The motivation is to deliver the results and performance for the group and the fans."

Belfast Telegraph

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