We’ve not discussed giving Rangers guard of honour says Hibs boss

first_img“If you want to talk about honour, I was the first one to ring Mark [Warburton] up and David [Weir] after the game when they clinched the title and congratulated them.“Personally as a club I feel as if we’ve been very respectful.”After being involved in a year-long battle for the second tier title, the two sides will meet in an all-Championship Scottish Cup final at Hampden on May 21.Hibernian have already secured their spot in the play-offs but they currently trail second place Falkirk but six points with two games in hand on the Bairns. Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs says he has not discussed forming a guard of honour for Scottish Championship winners Rangers ahead of their clash at Easter Road.The Ibrox side clinched the league crown in their last fixture, beating Dumbarton 1-0 at home to secure their spot in the Scottish Premiership next season.Historically the league champions have been welcomed on to the field by their opponents in their next match after securing the title but Stubbs says nobody at the capital club has talked about the ritual.He told STV: “It’s not been discussed at all. The most important thing is the game tomorrow not about other things. Stubbs’ men face further matches against Morton and Dumbarton before their final regular season game against Queen of the South on May 1 as they aim to avoid a Premiership Play-Off quarter-final.Should they end the season in third or fourth spot then they will be in action on May 4 and 7.Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday says there will be no hard feelings if the capital men decide against forming a guard of honour for his side at Easter Road.Alan Stubbs says the issue hasn’t been debated by his staff but hinted they wouldn’t pay tribute to the league champions.Halliday insists it’s not a big deal, adding: “That’s up to Hibs. I would like to think [they would] as obviously it’s been part and parcel of football for a long time. “But it’s up to them. There will certainly be no hard feelings if they don’t. It’s completely up to them.”Rangers boss Mark Warburton had his say, stating: “If it’s a gesture made by a club then we’re appreciative of it. “If it’s not then there’s no issue. We’ll see what happens. It happens sometimes, other times it doesn’t. “So we will wait until Wednesday but it won’t be high on the agenda from our perspective. “Would we do it if roles were reversed? If that was the case we could discuss it, but it didn’t happen.”last_img read more