Celtic show class at expense of petty rivals after Thursday update

By John McGinley

September 30, 2021

There’ll be no Celtic Park ban for Ally McCoist and Derek McInnes tonight, despite the recent actions of Rangers.

The former Rangers duo will be in attendance at Paradise to cover Rangers’ early kick-off away to Sparta Prague for BT Sport, as confirmed by programme producers Sunset & Vine.

It’s a similar situation to the one proposed by the broadcaster at Ibrox a couple of weeks ago when the Govan club barred Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon from attending.

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Thankfully, Celtic aren’t as petty or embarrassing as that lot, and rival pundits will get to do their job.

McCoist and McInnes are hardly the most pro-Celtic voices in the media. We know where their allegiances lie. McCoist specifically is known for a wind-up or two, alongside partner in crime Sutton.

Despite their pro-Rangers slant, it would be ridiculous for Celtic to stop them from providing analysis on a game taking place across Europe just because we don’t like them. That’s not how this business works.

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While that pair tackle the early Rangers kick-off, there will be a decidedly Celtic slant on the analysis for our fixture against the Germans.

Former manager Neil Lennon and former captain Paul Lambert will be on hand with Darrell Currie to run the rule over the Celtic performance.

Chris Sutton will also be on co-commentary duties alongside Stephen Craig and Rob Maclean.

Let’s hope there’s lots of Celtic positivity to shout about.

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