John Kennedy has explained why Celtic will not give new champions Rangers a guard of honour at Parkhead on Sunday.

The Light Blues recently won their 55th Scottish Premiership title and, in the process, prevented their Old Firm rivals making it 10 in a row.

Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had recently said on Sky Sports that his old club should show "humility and class" by applauding Steven Gerrard's men onto the pitch.

However, Celtic were not given a guard of honour at Ibrox in 2019 after clinching their eighth successive title.

Interim boss Kennedy told Sky Sports: "It is a subject that has been brought up and I've seen several people chatting about it.

"It was the same two years ago when we were the champions although, if I'm being honest, I don't think such a fuss was made about it and I don't see it as a big issue.

"We have spoken collectively about it and we won't do it.

"It is not about lacking class, it is nothing like that because we are a club that always shows class and dignity and does what's right.

"But ultimately, that same group of players who went there as champions and didn't get respect at that time, if you want to call it that, are the same players who are being asked to stand there (this time) so we have decided, as a group, that we will just get on with the game." 

Kennedy was also asked about speculation linking Celtic skipper Scott Brown with a move to Aberdeen as player/assistant. 

The 35-year-old midfielder's contract is up at the end of the season and reports claim he could join the Dons in a new role if Stephen Glass is appointed as the new boss at Pittodrie. 

Former Celtic defender Kennedy, whose retired at 26 on medical grounds, advised Brown to concentrate on his playing career as long as possible. 

He said: "Having stepped to the other side, it's terrific. But for me, maximise your playing time. 

"He is the captain of a fantastic club like Celtic, he has had such a successful time so I wouldn't be in too much of a rush to make that step if I am being honest. 

"I spoke to him briefly because of the speculation around it. Scott is very committed to here. 

"He is aware of the speculation, there is nothing concrete in that and I am sure come the end of the season, whatever Scott decides to do he won't be short of offers. 

"He is very much an important player for us, an important captain and we very much want it to stay that way. 

"Even still at his age, the impact he has in the squad on a daily basis on the training pitch and on the games is massive so it is about keeping that. 

"Scott is an honest guy, he is in no rush to make any quick decisions. 

"I think he is quite calm about what the future holds for him, he want to give his all to the end of the season and evaluate where he is at and obviously us as a club would want him to continue here but he will be the one to make that decision. 

"But very much his focus is on this season and nothing else."