Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that his side will not be holding a guard of honour for Scottish Premiership champions Celtic ahead of their Old Firm clash at Ibrox on Sunday.
Reports had emerged in the media during the week which suggested that Rangers were against the idea of upholding the tradition for their bitter rivals, who eased to their eighth domestic title in a row this season.
Last week’s victory against Aberdeen sealed the title and a win against Hearts in the upcoming Scottish Cup final will see Celtic complete an unprecedented domestic treble-treble.
Speaking to the media ahead of the weekend’s game, Gerrard confirmed that the club have made the decision not to hold the guard of honour.
“To be honest with you my thoughts on it are not important on that subject.
“The club have made a decision on that and decided there won’t be a guard of honour, so my thoughts are irrelevant.
“I will follow what I’m told to do by the people in charge of the club.”
Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd had outlined that he felt the club should uphold the tradition as it would “make a statement about what type of club they are.”
In quotes reported in the Daily Record, Boyd said; “Rangers would make a statement about what type of club they are if they do it.
“Over the years, it has always been the case that Rangers have held themselves in high regard and rightly so because of the way they have conducted themselves.
“It would be the right thing to do and, for me, I think they should.
“At the end of the day, they [Celtic] might be your rivals, but they have won the league.
“Pay them the respect they deserve.”