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NEWLY-CROWNED SPL (tainted) champs Celtic travel to Fir Park tomorrow and the cyberspace debate is already well underway...

Should they be applauded onto the pitch by a guard of honour?

Well, yes, I personally think Celtic SHOULD applaud Motherwell onto the park…

Think about it. The fact a club with regular crowds of 4500 didn’t allow the Glasgow giants to clinch the title until mid-April with just four fixtures remaining was a terrific achievement.

And, yep, I now feel daft after my pre-season prediction the Hoops would have wrapped up the championship before the rest of us had wrapped up our Christmas presents.

At the very least, surely it would be a nice touch tomorrow if Celtic clapped Michael Higdon onto the pitch as he’ll be the only player on show shortlisted for the PFA’s Player of the Year award?

Despite the fact the vote has gone to a Celtic player in six of the past seven seasons, Neil Lennon has chucked the toys out of the pram and will snub this year’s awards as none of the Parkhead players made the cut.

Aw, diddums.

The players are tipped to boycott the event as well and I personally think that’s great news. Well, remember the embarrassing scenes last year when Georgios Samaras tripped over the red carpet and claimed for a penalty?

No chance of that happening this year, of course, as I imagine Sammy now has a four-foot hooter to break his fall after claiming this week he’d sooner count his medals than his money.

Aye right. And you thought Charles Green spouted a lot of Lillian Gish?

Big Georgios reckons the league title would have been wrapped up earlier if it hadn’t been for Celtic’s exertions in Europe.

Yeah, he’s probably kicking himself now for that outrageous dive against Spartak Moscow that meant Celtic had to play in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Neil Lennon had the whole of Scottish football right behind him last week (yes, even the fair-minded Rangers fans) following that ludicrous suspension for swearing at Jim Goodwin. But his childish outburst on the POTY shortlist left a bad taste in the mouth. A taste akin to sour grapes.

How dare the Celtic boss take the shine off a very special moment in the modest careers of guys like Michael Higdon, Andrew Shinnie, Niall McGinn and Leigh Griffiths.

The headlines should have been all about those four honest pros and not the dummy-spitting Celtic boss.

Shinnie has been dynamite for Inverness Caley this season. Higdon has just beaten Motherwell’s post-war scoring record set by the peerless Willie Pettigrew. Griffiths – arguably the most exciting talent in the SPL – has carried Hibs to within 90 minutes of ending their 111-year Scottish Cup drought.

And if it hadn’t been for McGinn’s goals, Aberdeen could easily be playing First Division football next season.

Yes, Celtic were clearly the best and most consistent team over the course of the 2012/13 season but did they boast one truly stand-out individual player?

Well, according to the experts with the ballot papers – the guys who play against Celtic on a weekly basis – the answer is NOPE.

Quite a few of the Celtic lads got votes but it was an even spread over a range of players and that’s why none of them made the top four.

And it was a totally democratic vote. Not like the 11-1 set-up Celtic insisted on when the SPL was formed.

Incidentally, Lennon is talking nonsense when he claims none of the four contenders would get in the current Celtic team.

What about 25-goal Michael Higdon? The big man’s hit the back of the net more than twice the amount of times than Samaras this season – while playing against exactly the same SPL teams – and he isn’t surrounded by players who cost millions and trouser tens of thousands a week.

To be honest, I almost gave up on Lenny’s rant when he listed Celtic’s achievements this season and included - wait for it – a League Cup semi-final spot.

Woooooh! What a run! Beat Raith Rovers and St Johnstone before losing to St Mirren.

Maybe there should be a special Team of the Year gong at the POTY bash to salute that monumental effort.

Listen, Celtic were worthy SPL champs and beating the mighty Barcelona (no jokes, please, about Messi & Co’s pummeling in midweek) was a magnificent achievement.

But come on, if this Celtic team is so great – and the players blanked by the POTY awards have genuinely been robbed – how come the fans aren’t exactly battering down the doors at Parkhead to watch them.

And how come Lennon made his comments on the day he was holding up big ad boards begging fans to buy cut-price season-tickets?

Just to keep the Celtic boss happy, perhaps the SPL players should vote again with the strict instruction that they can ONLY give the nod to a Celtic player.

By the way, folks, I can exclusively reveal the Motherwell players WILL form a guard of honour for Celtic tomorrow.

It’s the sporting thing to do. And it shows respect for a fellow SPL club and its players.

What a pity that attitude isn’t shared by others..

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