Celtic’s Centenary hero Peter Grant has made an interesting revelation about the way Celtic and Rangers got on in former days. Grant told the Daily Record that players used to congratulate rivals by picking up the phone.

The 53 year-old was speaking about the possibility of Celtic being given a guard of honour ahead of Sunday’s clash.

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He said: “For me, it is a row over nothing really. It is actually a hindrance and when you look back at these things, someone doesn’t clap, the finger of suspicion falls on them and all sorts of questions are asked. That causes more issues for the individual players involved.

“Whenever Celtic or Rangers won the title in my day, the first thing you did was contact your rivals and congratulate by phone and paid your respects that way.”

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Rangers announced earlier this week that they wouldn’t give the Champions a guard of honour – despite the move being the custom in recent years.

A signalling of intent

The fact the Ibrox outfit aren’t willing to honour their rivals for a short period of time shows their intent going in to the match. They will be showing little respect both on and off the pitch and Celtic have to be ready.

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Most Hoops fans won’t care about a daft tribute from a team they don’t particularly like. They will take greater joy in Neil Lennon’s men putting the Ibrox side to the sword in their own back garden.

This won’t be an amble in Govan on Sunday. The Celtic players have to be prepared for war. Steven Gerrard’s men have been in terrific form lately and will be looking to go head into the summer with another boost. It’s crucial that we stop them in their tracks and remind them once again who’s boss.

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