All this talk of a guard of honour is draining many Rangers fans.
But amongst all the posturing, there are one man’s comments which have really stuck in the craw of bluenoses.
Kris Boyd is a former club icon and was a terrific goalscorer for Rangers during his first spell at Ibrox. But the club’s fans haven’t taken his latest comments well.
As the fiery debate over an Ibrox guard of honour for our rivals looked to have petered out, Boyd has once again stoked the flames.
The former Gers striker told the Herald, “I think it would be the right thing to do. I think Rangers would make a statement about what type of club they are if they do it.
“Over the years, it has always been the case that Rangers have held themselves in high regard and rightly so, because of the way they have conducted themselves. It would be the right thing to do and, for me, I think they should.
“At the end of the day, yeah they might be your rivals but they have won the league. Pay them the respect they deserve.”
Needless to say, many Rangers fans didn’t take it well.
Correct decision @RangersFC regarding guard of honour , after Kris Boyd's efforts when he resigned for us what gives him the right to criticise anyone
— dartsmad (@Jogilvie69) May 7, 2019
Any ex players wanting to give the tims a guard of honour, must be wiped from our history including Kris Boyd.
— William Inglis (@Ingy49) May 7, 2019
And rightly so! Kris Boyd claims Rangers should show celtic the respect they deserve. We will show them ZERO respect, which is exactly what they deserve. What a load of nonsense! https://t.co/KKIFhFEKMe
— Greg Christie (@gregc87) May 7, 2019
Think someone needs to stop Kris Boyd speaking to the press without supervision – you’d never know he was ex-Rangers, what a joke he is #Rangers
— Jen Jen (@Doddsie16) May 7, 2019
Kris Boyd career in the game is over this summer hes knows to keep the media work coming he has to be controversial
— kg bluenose (@GoldKrisgold) May 7, 2019
Why is Kris Boyd the go to guy for every outlet who wants a charlatans opinion on Rangers?Oh yeah, because he's a charlatan.
— Rab. (@LaRabbie) May 7, 2019
Kris Boyd showing how completely out of touch with the fans some of our ex players are.
Calling on Rangers to show Celtic the respect they deserve and give them a guard of honour.
Well done Kris, 100 Tim points in the bag for your media career. pic.twitter.com/ATbnS8ozsD
— Blu Stu (@Stoortmcd) May 7, 2019
Anyone else remember when Kris Boyd was a Rangers man?
— Yacky (@hesaidnoto) May 7, 2019
The general feeling amongst Gers fans is that they categorically do not want their side to give Celtic a guard of honour.
And should Rangers have agreed to do it, the club and its fans would merely be the subject of ridicule. That’s how much the relationship between both clubs and their respective supporters has disintegrated over the last few seasons.
The move doesn’t seem worth it even for ‘be the bigger men’ angle. Respect has to be earned. It also has to be reciprocated.
Forget Kris Boyd and forget a guard of honour, there’s only one thing Rangers owe Celtic when they come to Ibrox on Sunday.