In the build-up to the Glasgow derby at Ibrox on Sunday, there has been all sorts of speculation about Rangers giving the recently crowned champions Celtic a guard of honour.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that it won’t be happening, he revealed to Sky Sports that the Rangers board had made the decision not to do the guard of honour.
There has been no instance of either club giving the guard of honour to their bitter rivals in recent years.
Incident over 40 years ago
However, it has been disclosed that Celtic once planned to give the honour to Rangers over 40 years ago.
The Scotsman has reported that in 1976, when Rangers stopped the Hoops from winning 10 titles in a row, Celtic planned to give the honour at the last derby of the season.
However, the police would not let the guard go ahead. They were reportedly worried about the reaction from the crowd.
It would certainly have been a magnanimous gesture from Celtic had the guard taken place.
Perhaps the police were right to make the decision that they did. Although you would have to hope that the reaction would not have been as bad as expected.
It is certainly interesting to note that the guard of honour has been a talking point for so many years. No doubt when it comes to the Glasgow derby it will be a talking point for many more.