Celtic travelled to Ibrox for their first game since clinching an eighth successive Scottish Premiership title last week.
Traditionally the opposing team would show their respect by applauding newly-crowned champions on to the field, but Rangers passed up the opportunity to honour their bitter Old Firm rivals this afternoon.
The image of Scottish football has taken a hammering for several different reasons this season, and McAvennie claims that the Gers gave up a golden chance to restore some decency to the country's game by snubbing the guard of honour.
He wrote in The Sun: "By refusing to form a guard of honour for champions Celtic this lunchtime, they are handing victory to the knuckle-draggers who want to keep the game in the dark ages. It’s as simple as that.
"The kind of people who are quite happy for Scottish football to be forever viewed as a circus act, where two tribes despise each other with such venom that it eclipses every decent aspect of the decades-old rivalry.
"Just imagine the positive message it would send out if TV viewers all over the world watched a Rangers team applaud a Celtic side onto the pitch at Ibrox."
You can understand McAvennie's point, but if the shoe was on the other foot then Celtic more than likely would have taken the exact same course of action.
In an ideal world, Rangers would have put animosity to one side for a few minutes and applauded Neil Lennon's side, sacrificing pride for the sake of Scottish football as a whole, but it isn't an ideal world and berating the decision might be as futile as wishing for world peace.
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