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HEARTS GUARD OF HONOUR FOR CHAMPS

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CELTIC will receive a guard of honour from Hearts when they take the field before Sunday’s Premiership grand finale when they will receive their eighth successive trophy.

Craig Levein’s team also formed two rows of players when the Hoops celebrated their magnificent seven last season at Tynecastle. It was noticeable only one of their side – goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin – actually applauded when Scott Brown led out the Hoops for a game they won 3-1.

Neil Lennon’s men will appreciate the gesture from the Edinburgh side, especially after the petulant snub from Steven Gerrard’s outfit before Sunday’s match at Ibrox, as CQN reported.

They refused to honour the tradition of welcoming the new champions on to the pitch in their next game.

Interim boss Lennon insisted Celtic would have given their Glasgow neighbours a guard of honour if the roles had been reversed. The Irishman also claimed the Govan side lacked class with their decision to ignore the efforts of the Parkhead club in winning eight crowns in a row.

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