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.

Kris Boyd had a successful first spell at Ibrox but he flopped during his second. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

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“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.

 

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.

Is this worthy of a guard of honour? (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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.

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