Whelan verdict on 'final nail in the coffin' for Celtic after Rangers guard of honour update

The guard of honour for newly-crowned champions Rangers at Parkhead will be the “final nail in the coffin” of the disastrous Celtic season.

That is according to former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Hoops’ 0-0 draw with Dundee United confirmed Rangers as champions for the first time in a decade.

The two clubs are set to meet at Celtic Park on March 21 – the Gers’ first game after winning the league.

Tradition dictates their opponents will clap them onto the pitch in their next game but interim Celtic boss John Kennedy refused to confirm whether Celtic would do just that.

“This was the scenario that they didn’t want and they’ve allowed it to happen,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“They couldn’t go out there and beat Dundee United. That’s a game you’d expect them to breeze through.

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“Nobody thought it was going to happen. I thought Rangers were going to do their job and Celtic would’ve done their job. There was enough relying on it because they wouldn’t have wanted to do the guard of honour for their Old Firm rivals.

“It’s just another nail in the coffin for Celtic this season, that’s how bad it’s been. This is the final nail.

“If you can’t win your football matches, which they haven’t done enough of this season and didn’t do on Sunday, you leave the door wide open for criticism.”

When Celtic wrapped up the title in 2019 Rangers refused to give their Glasgow rivals a guard of honour at Ibrox.

Former Hoops boss Neil Lennon insisted at the time that if Rangers had won the title Celtic would give them a guard of honour.

In other news, Danny Mills has tipped Rangers to dominate the Bhoys for “three, four years” as they approach a 43-year-old to potentially be their new manager.