Rangers manager Steven Gerrard today appeared to drop a big hint that the decision not to give Celtic a guard of honour was the board’s decision and not his.
The boss was speaking at his presser and confirmed there will be no guard of honour, but cleverly avoided expressing his own opinion on the decision, albeit reading between the lines may have found slight disapproval of it.
“My thoughts are not important on that subject. The club have made a decision on that and they’ve decided there won’t be a guard of honour so I think my thoughts on it are irrelevant. I’ll follow what I’m told to do by the people that are in charge of the club.”
If we look at the grey area of what Stevie is getting at here, he seems to be slightly hinting that he doesn’t agree with the decision – if he endorsed the decision or at least was neutral he would surely suggest he supported the decision and the reasons for it, but his outright refusal to commit one way or the other was rather telling.
For what it’s worth, we’re split 50/50. Sporting Integrity (ha) wise it’s a poor move – it is bad sportsmanship and there should always be a guard of honour for the victors, like in the gentlemanly way we see in rugby.
But football isn’t gentlemanly, let’s face it, it’s not got a lot of etiquette and it’s extremely petty minded and immature – and the SPFL and Celtic themselves have disgraced themselves this season multiple times and hardly deserve some dignity and grace being given them.
But then doesn’t refusing the guard then suggest ‘we’re as bad as them’?
Your guess is as good as ours, folks.