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Ibrox Loving Cup ceremony is a casualty of protocol

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One touching Ibrox ceremony will be missing on Saturday when Celtic go first footing across the city.

For over 60 years visiting Directors to Ibrox have had the dubious pleasure of slurping from the so-called Loving up after the Directors of the home club have had first dibs at some whisky.

Legendary figures such as Charles Green and Craig Whyte have been involved in toasting the sitting Monarch while directors from clubs like Stranraer and Cowdenbeath look on in embarrassment.

In 2012 Her Majesty Queen Eliabeth rejected the offer of a CVA forcing the club formed in 1872 or 1873 into liquidation leaving 276 creditors high and dry including florists, newsagents, taxi firms and football clubs across Scotland, England and Europe.

With Social Distance protocols in place the Celtic Directors will miss their turn if the ceremony is performed in full although there could be a private toast out of the eyes of any watching cameras.

Scotty Arfield, who turned 32 at the start of November is likely to miss Saturday’s match as he waits on the result of scans on his sore leg.

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