The Celtic supporters were finally allowed to enjoy a Sky Sports broadcast of one of their games last night, and it was all thanks to Kris Boyd being absent.
Watching the Hoops live on Sky has been a tiresome affair this season. Not only because the vast majority of the time we’ve been poor either. Nope, but because we’ve had to sit and endure former Rangers striker Boyd.
Listen, he is what he is. He’s an ex-Rangers striker who’s employed by Sky to cover Scottish football. But there’s certainly a lack of objectivity.
Boyd has really ramped up his usage of snide remarks or digs at Celtic during our live matches. If it isn’t him doing his trademark grin for the watching Rangers fans, it’s him landing verbal digs wherever he can [Scottish Sun].
Finally, yesterday, we got to watch a Celtic game live on Sky without Boyd looking to provoke the Hoops-supporting audience. Instead, it was James McFadden and John Collins who took to the studio.
Sky Sports will have Kris Boyd back on soon
According to the Daily Record, this was simply down to nothing more than the rota. Boyd hasn’t been on every Sky broadcast of a Scottish football game this season. Although, granted, it feels like it.
Many Celtic fans have gotten so fed up of him that a petition had previously been launched last year to oust him. This currently has over 6.5k signatures on it with more being added over the last 24 hours.
However, the Record report that Boyd’s absence last night had nothing to do with any fan anger. He’ll likely be back covering Celtic again at some stage. Something that simply isn’t enjoyable viewing for Parkhead fans. Boyd was, however, covering the game for Gillette Soccer Special.
Even so, it was nice to actually see some pundits praising Celtic and focusing mainly on the positives. Not one looking to create controversy or try to get our players retrospectively banned.
And it’s fair to say the Celtic fans were pleased to see a Sky production involving their team without Boyd being there to spoil it:
A 4-0 win is all well and good, but I won’t lie, my highlight of tonight was not having Kris Boyd on my tv
— Jamie Clark (@williemcstinker) February 10, 2021
Life's just better without Kris Boyd isn't it
— Karrie Lee 💚 (@karriecakes) February 10, 2021
— Fitba Mad (@MadFitba) February 10, 2021
No Kris Boyd at Paisley?! Would've tuned in earlier if I had known that…
— John Gerard Collins (@collinsjg57) February 10, 2021
— william wilson (@wnw24) February 10, 2021
Yaaasss, @ScotlandSky Celtic game without Kris Boyd. Thank you!
— El Captain (@elcaptainkp) February 10, 2021
Collins instead of Boyd on sky, mon the passing, movement, TEMPOOO
— Kieronfoxbegley (@kieronfb) February 10, 2021