Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has explained the decision not to give a guard of honour to Celtic this Sunday has been taken by his bosses at the club, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
With the Hoops wrapping up their league title win last weekend, there have been calls for Gerrard’s side to applaud them onto the pitch prior to the upcoming Old Firm Derby.
However, decision makers at Ibrox have decided not to let that happen, a move that has prompted the expected moaning from the green side of the city.
Gerrard though is absolving himself of responsibility, telling The Scottish Sun:
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.
Anything the manager could have said on the subject would likely have only provoked more fake outrage from ex-players and Celtic supporters, so he is right to dodge the question and let people guess about who might have made the decision.
Guard of honours are traditional in British football but when two sides are engaged in a heated rivalry such as ours with Celtic then there’s little point pursuing it.
This will all be forgotten by full-time on Sunday and hopefully we are celebrating our second derby win of the season.