BT Sport presenter and broadcaster Darrell Currie has been left fuming by an interview given by SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster.
Doncaster, speaking to The Price of Football Podcast made a series of comments about the future coverage of Celtic matches and other Scottish games next year, that Currie appears to have taken offence at.
The league chief said: “I think we will see the Scottish game given the profile and coverage it deserves next year by Sky Sports.
“We went through a process – an auction process effectively – BT and others had the chance to outbid Sky.
“We had joint rights between the two since 2012 and before that with Setanta – 2009 was the last time we had an exclusive partner. Since then rights have been shared so it’s perhaps no surprise the broadcasters haven’t given it the love they show other leagues.
“I’m confident we will see a sea change in the approach with Sky taking up the reigns exclusively.”
Clearly Currie thinks Doncaster has been disparaging with his remarks about the job he and others have done on BT Sport over the last few seasons, taking to Twitter to share his fury with the comments.
Totally disrespectful from Doncaster here.
To suggest BT Sport haven’t given the SPFL the ‘’love they show other leagues’’.
Absolutely pathetic – we’ve given everything to our coverage.
Also, he’s told us in person how much he’s enjoyed our work.
Pathetic. 👇 https://t.co/vKDnI1MzEL
— Darrell Currie (@darrellcurrietv) March 19, 2020
BT’s coverage has been a hit with supporters and the time, effort and passion that goes into their coverage is often clearly on display.
They also have had a great array of pundits with Chris Sutton, Ally McCoist and Michael Stewart all big personalities that always have a lot to say on a variety of Scottish football matters.
Ultimately though it was Sky who weighed in with the best offer for the SPFL and despite a potential drop in overall quality of broadcast, that money is much needed in Scottish football.
Doncaster didn’t seem to have been too personal with his comments and seems to be simply looking ahead to working with an exclusive partner rather than focusing on BT.
Next season is certainly going to be an interesting one for Scottish football and how Sky pitch their coverage will be very intriguing.