Brendan Rodgers is steadfast in his assertion that Celtic should reward Rangers with a guard of honour in Sunday’s Old Firm fixture.
Steven Gerrard’s side wrapped up the Premiership title and No.55 on March 7 after their rivals could only draw with Dundee United to dash any mathematical chance of claiming 10-in-a-row.
Debate has been raging on both sides as to whether a guard of honour should be formed to honour the champions and ex-Celtic boss Rodgers has added his voice to the discussion in an interview on Sky Sports [15/03/21], citing Sir Alex Ferguson as an example.
“My feeling always is that you should show humility and class and be a sporting team,” he said.
“I can never forget when I was at Chelsea as a young coach under Jose Mourinho when they won the title and I remember going to Old Trafford to watch the game [v Manchester United].
“I’ll never ever forget, I’m sure the Man United players didn’t want to do it [guard of honour] but I’m sure Ferguson insisted they did it and that must’ve been really difficult, but that showed the class of Sir Alex and the humility of him that another competitor came in and took the title.
“It was also sporting that they did that but also it can provide you with great motivation going forward so its something that for me despite the rivalry, despite how difficult it is, it’s something that you should do and then use it as motivation going forward.”
Bigger events to worry about
Rodgers would like to see it on the subject of sportsmanship but to tell the truth we’re not remotely bothered with that element.
It would be good purely to rub our rivals faces in it that we are back on top and not going anywhere.
They took great joy in goading us after Rangers dropped to the depths of Scottish football following events out of our control and a guard of honour would feel like we really have come full circle.
It would be a great symbol of the current power shift – but we wouldn’t advocate doing it for them and in the grand scheme of things it matters little.
We have bigger events to look forward to this season as we still ride high in the Europa League while the green side of Glasgow looks on in jealousy following their December exit from the competition.
Our eyes are on the main prize and we should not be distracted by pre-match rituals.
Furthermore the most important thing and biggest source of pride would be to beat them on their own patch – that would really rub their noses in it.
Anything that happens around the game is minimal in comparison.
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