Real reason Rangers will NOT give Celtic guard of honour in Old Firm clash at Ibrox TODAY

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Rangers were expected to provide a guard of honour for their Old Firm rivals Celtic after they clinched the title with a 3-0 win over Aberdeen last week.

The Ibrox club revealed earlier in the week that they would not be offering the tradition, and Steven Gerrard has now revealed how the decision was made.

Gerrard said: “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.”

Celtic fan Rod Stewart and former player Chris Sutton were two big names that have criticised Rangers, and Neil Lennon has also made this thoughts clear.

“It’s a break from tradition,” Lennon said on Saturday.

“I think we would have done it if the shoe had been on the other foot. But it’s not a major issue for me.

“It would have been a touch of class if they did it. I’m disappointed they are not. Celtic would have done it.”

When asked if his disappointment in Rangers would give him and his players more motivation, Lennon claimed it wouldn’t.

“You don’t need any extra motivation for this game,” he added.

“We’ve had all the motivation for the last eight years and we are still going strong.

“The motivation is to go out there, play well, play strong and win the game. That’s your motivation.

“You are the champions, so play like champions. That’s what I’m expecting on Sunday.”

Last time the Old Firm rivals clashed the game went in Celtic’s favour, with Alfredo Morelos seeing red in the first-half which contributed to Rangers’ eventual 2-1 defeat.

Ex-England captain Gerrard is keen for his team to build on that performance to force a positive result this time out.

He added: “The last time we played at Parkhead, from half-time onwards and even with 10 men, the players were excellent.

“They did everything they could in that 45 minutes to take something from the game.”

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