CELTIC players were given guard of honour from their opponents when the 2022/23 Premiership campaign kicked off at Parkhead on Sunday July 31 last year.

Aberdeen were the team who sportingly applauded Callum McGregor and his colleagues onto the pitch with the Hoops captain proudly clutching the impressive silverware, won the previous term after a truly extraordinary comeback, before depositing the glittering prize on a plinth.

The sell-out stadium was a vibrant and colourful kaleidoscope, a green party was in full swing and the sun beamed down to play its part in creating the perfect setting.

A BIG HAND…triumphant Celtic skipper Callum McGregor and his Celtic team-mates are given a guard of honour from the Aberdeen players at the start of the Premiership season in July last year.

It was an appreciated sporting gesture from the team from Pittodrie who will coincidentally provide the opposition as the curtain comes down on another successful and memorable campaign in the east end of Glasgow on Saturday afternoon.

Ten months ago, goals from Stephen Welsh and Filipe Jota provided the perfect launch pad for a 2-0 triumph and the successful trek that has once again led Ange Postecoglou and his team off all stars to the championship.

There was never going to be such a sporting gesture as a guard of honour across the city 10 days ago. Clearly, that was out of the question.

St Mirren’s hierarchy chose not to mark Celtic’s eleventh crown in 12 years at Parkhead on Saturday. No doubt they will have had their reasons, concocted or otherwise, for making that decision.

However, the Pittodrie bosses have already proved they are good sports having afforded the champions of the country their due respect back in July.

Now the question is: Will Aberdeen repeat the courtesy on Saturday?

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