BT Sport release statement on Celtic Park broadcast; rivals look very daft

By John McGinley

November 25, 2021

BT Sport have released a statement explaining why they are broadcasting from an empty Celtic Park tonight instead of Ibrox.

Normally, the broadcaster would broadcast coverage of both Europa League matches featuring Scottish clubs from the stadium of whoever is playing at home.

However, the broadcaster hasn’t been given the necessary accreditation by the Ibrox outfit for their fixture against Sparta Prague, with BT choosing instead to host their coverage from Celtic Park.

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A statement read out on BT Sport 3 [17:15] read: “We have a presentation team who reflect all angles and experiences in Scottish football but who were not provided with the necessary accreditation at Ibrox today.

“We will not be forced to split a team of professionals behind and in front of screen. The only way to provide viewers with the continuity of coverage of tonight’s two matches featuring Celtic and Rangers was to set up a studio elsewhere.”

Reports have indicated that the member of the BT Sport team who hasn’t been given accreditation is Chris Sutton.

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Sutton likes a wind-up in the Scottish media, often aimed at Rangers as an ex-Celtic player. Much in the way Ally McCoist does too.

Sadly it seems some clubs can’t accept it, resulting in the strange situation of broadcasting from an empty Celtic Park.

It doesn’t do us much harm of course. Paradise is looking lovely in the background tonight!

In other news, More stunning pre-match footage of Celtic supporters in Germany emerges.