Pundit Michael Stewart is again available to take part in BBC Scotland punditry duties, the broadcaster confirmed with a statement today.
The former Manchester United, Hibernian and Hearts man has not been on the BBC airwaves for the majority of February after a Sportsound programme at the start of the month in which he criticised Rangers’ handling of media stories.
A spokesperson said: “Following Sportsound on Monday February 3 we have clearly explained the BBC editorial guidelines around fairness and accuracy to Michael Stewart.
“We expect our pundits to be forthright, but fair. Michael agrees with this. On that basis Michael is now available for selection for Sportscene and Sportsound.”
The outspoken pundit has become something of a favourite of football fans across the country, including Celtic supporters, who enjoy his no-nonsense, argumentative approach.
He doesn’t appear to play favourites in his analysis, which we may not always agree with as Hoops fans but which we can appreciate is definitely honest and usually fair.
Despite support for Stewart remaining, some Celtic fans have taken issue with the broadcaster’s statement and explanation for his absence, feeling it doesn’t quite fully explain why he was taken off the air.
Hopefully though, at least, this is the end of a particularly nonsense chapter in the Scottish football season.
No doubt some new controversy or drama is right around the corner in what has been a madcap 2019/20 campaign.
These supporters have taken to Twitter today to share their thoughts on it all…
He did nothing wrong in first place https://t.co/u25DNsF3FJ
— CeltiCRa8⭐️-IAR🍀 (@CeltiCRab19671) February 25, 2020
what a riddy you lot are…
— SchemeSpaceman (@jaggytooth) February 25, 2020
Fairness and accuracy…….. Aye right..
— Neil 🍀💚🏆🍀💚🏆🍀💚🏆 (@mcfadzean_neil) February 25, 2020
— Ryan Connell (@RyanConnell84) February 25, 2020
You would hope he has the self respect to refuse “selection” if nothing else now, after reading that. That statement is excruciating. Patronising as it gets
— JungleG (@Tim_Lizzy) February 25, 2020
Michael should tell them to ram it👍
— wits the goalie doin?!!? (@SKane695) February 25, 2020
What an undignified statement “we’ve given him a row, he’s said he’s sorry and now he’s off the naughty step”. Why not just let him come back and literally no one needs this explanation.
— Bhoysingreen88🏴🍀🇪🇺🍀 (@Bhoysingreen881) February 25, 2020