No sporting courtesy in this land of deep enmity
When the Glasgow police vetoed a proposal for Celtic players to applaud newly- crowned champions Rangers on to the pitch ahead of their fixture at Parkhead in April 1976, the venerable football writer Ian Archer observed that it “reflects no lack of courtesy, just average wisdom”.
Similar concern over how supporters of one half of the Old Firm would react to seeing their bitter rivals acclaimed in such a manner by their own team has perhaps informed the decision of the Rangers board of directors not to give Celtic a pre- match guard of honour ahead of tomorrow’s match at Ibrox.
In truth, it’s an issue of far less significance to players on either side of the Glasgow divide than has been suggested by some over the past week.
But it says everything about the depth of enmity between their followers that even such a simple sporting gesture is a strictly no- go area.