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Ally McCoist agrees with ex-Liverpool star Danny Murphy over ‘nonsense’ guards of honour and says he even hates pre-match handshakes

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The Rangers legend doesn’t even like to see players shaking hands before matches, let alone fulfilling the tradition of applauding the newly-crowned league champions onto the pitch.

Murphy saw his name trending on social media on Tuesday morning after he slammed the guard of honour tradition.



Raheem Sterling will have to clap his former Liverpool teammates out onto the pitch after they snatched the Premier League title from City

Manchester City players are set to lead out title rivals Liverpool and applaud their squad onto the pitch when the two sides meet on Thursday, after the Reds deposed Pep Guardiola’s men as Premier League champions last week.

It will be a moment to savour for Liverpool fans, who will no doubt enjoy rubbing City faces in their brilliant title win – but Murphy believes the pageantry will be ‘uncomfortable’ for both sets of players.

The former Anfield star also angered fans by saying it’s outrageous world-class City ace Kevin De Bruyne will be ‘clapping for players who can’t even lace his boots’.

De Bruyne is clapping midfielders who can’t lace his boots - Danny Murphy hits out at guard of honour tradition

But, while a host of social media users hammered Murphy for his views, McCoist told talkSPORT that he agrees.

“I’m not sure it is the right thing to do,” said the Rangers legend on the talkSPORT Breakfast.

“And do you know something? I don’t even like the sight of the boys shaking hands before the game! I don’t like that.

“By all means you’ve got to shake hands and have a drink after, but what’s this shaking hands before the game? What’s that all about?

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Pre-match handshakes in the Premier League have been scrapped due to COVID-19, but McCoist seems to want them gone for good!

“I remember Old Firm games where walking out of the tunnel you wouldn’t even look at the opposition, never mind shake hands with them!

“But then, right after the game you’d shake hands and have a few bottles of beer in the players’ lounge.

“That’s the way it should be, I think. That’s the way it always was with us.”

Listen to a clip of Ally McCoist on the talkSPORT Breakfast above!

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