Celtic giving a guard of honour to Rangers would be a ‘surprise’, but former Scotland international insists Steven Gerrard’s men deserve the ‘respect’

Celtic giving a guard of honour to Rangers would be a ‘surprise’, but former Scotland international insists Steven Gerrard’s men deserve the ‘respect’

Former Scotland international Chris Iwelumo has admitted he doesn’t think Celtic will give Premiership champions Rangers a guard of honour when they play each other later this month.

Having drawn 0-0 with Dundee United on Sunday, the Bhoys handed the title to their fierce rivals, who win it for the 55th time.

Celtic players look dejected after the draw with Dundee United which secured Rangers the title
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Steven Gerrard’s men, still unbeaten with six games of the campaign to go, will be celebrating a magnificent triumph going into the Old Firm derby on March 21.

Tradition dictates they should be applauded onto the field by their opponents for the rest of the season but this is not a rule, and such is the bad blood between the sides it may not happen at Celtic Park.

And Iwelumo, a self-confessed Celtc supporter, has admitted it would be surprising to see a guard of honour take place.

But he believes it should happen as Rangers have earned the right with the incredible title win.

Rangers are Scottish champions for the first time in ten years
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“The next one, an Old Firm match, you talk about a guard of honour,” said Iwelumo on talkSPORT. “I think it’s optional.

“I would be very surprised if Celtic do clap them in. I don’t think it will happen.

Asked if they should, he replied: “It’s a bit of class, you know. I’m a Celtic fan. At the end of the day, Rangers have been the better team.

“They have earned the right to have that respect shown.”

Iwelumo has also been massively impressed with Rangers boss Gerrard for the way he has led his side to glory this season.

He added: “There are so many pressures on both teams, Celtic and Rangers. It was a massive season but he’s delivered.

“The players have learned, he’s recruited quality. He’s man-managed them fantastically well. He’s given them a belief to go out and do exactly what they have done, you know.

“They manage games well. They don’t always play fantastically but they get the result. They go out to do it. They know how to get over the line and it’s warranted.

“Can they go unbeaten now, for the rest of the season? Can they do that, the Invincibles? It’s going to be an interesting ask. That’s how he motivates the team to carry on doing in no matter if they have got the Premiership trophy. They have got to keep going.”

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