Date: 24th February 2021 at 4:41pm
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By Mark Dingwall

In recent years there have been umpteen hysterical calls for a guard of honour to be given to Celtic by Rangers upon their completion of a successful league campaign.  It’s often presented as if this is something which was previously a regular occurrence which should be revived.

In fact, it’s never happened in the Scottish top flight.

In 1964, when Rangers were riding high, Celtic beat Slovan Bratsilava 1-0 which meant they progressed to the semi-final of the European Cup Winners Cup. 

The next game was a Scottish Cup Quarter Final and Rangers applauded Celtic onto the field for their fine achievement – and prompted played them off it – winning 2-0.

The guard of honour didn’t really work as it should have as they won the home tie against MTK Budapest at Celtic Park 3-0 only to lose 4-0 away.

It wasn’t pre-advertised – it seems to have been a spontaneous gesture of goodwill.

And that was that.  So, let’s hear no more of it.


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