Celtic SLO explains why Hibernian clash has been snubbed by Sky Sports

By David Walton

November 19, 2020

Celtic SLO JP Taylor has revealed why the Hoops’ game with Hibernian won’t be shown live on Sky Sports.

There was plenty of backlash on social media after Celtic fans realised that their trip to Easter Road wouldn’t be broadcast by Sky. Indeed, they instead opted for Rangers vs Aberdeen, which is due to take place 24 hours later at Ibrox.

Traditionally at this stage of the season, whenever one of the big Glasgow clubs travels away from home, it gets broadcast by the SPFL’s TV partner. However, given the situation with the global health pandemic, things have changed this season.

And JP Taylor has provided some clarity on why Sky Sports made the controversial decision to snub the Easter Road cracker:

Frustrating

That’s the only word that can really be used here – frustrating.

Hibs TV will instead be showing the game live, with Celtic TV commentary available for Celtic supporters in a good-natured move by our Easter Road rivals.

However, it’ll frustrate Hoops fans considering as many as three live English games appears to be broadcasted by Sky every week, yet they can’t find room for some of the biggest matches in the Scottish football calendar.

It’s also not the first time a Celtic away game has been snubbed this season. Sky also didn’t show our trip to Ross County back in September when the Hoops ran out 5-0 winners. In comparison, every Rangers away match has been shown live on TV this season. You can see why some aren’t happy.

Celtic Park (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic fans will have to pay extra to watch the game at the weekend, and for many with a Sky Sports subscription specifically for Scottish football and Celtic games, this is a punch to their gut.

Yes, the numbers do add up and we appreciate that. Hibs have been live on TV this season against Motherwell, Aberdeen, and Rangers respectively. That’s all well and good, but for Hoops fans it’s just the latest snub.

Even this early on, Sky’s commitment to Scottish football still appears to be feeble.

In other news, a former club veteran has revealed one of the “huge” reasons he left Celtic for.