Report: Lennon and Sutton locked out as rivals force BT Sport to change Celtic broadcast plans

By John McGinley

September 16, 2021

Former Celtic duo Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon have been forced off of punditry duties for tonight’s UEFA Europa League matches due to security concerns at Ibrox, The Daily Record reports.

The paper say they were due to provide analysis for the Celtic match away to Real Betis and the Rangers game at home to Lyon from Ibrox.

However, BT Sport have now been informed it is not possible to accommodate the duo because of ‘security concerns’.

The broadcaster have now been forced to abandon their initial plans and instead provide coverage from studios in London with a different punditry team.

Both matches are still live on BT Sport 3. Celtic are up first with a 17:45 kick-off, with our city rivals taking on Lyon later in the evening.

You have to question why security would be such a concern for something as trivial as football, but then I guess this isn’t a normal country sometimes.

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I can’t say I’d have been particularly delighted with Lennon commenting on this season’s Celtic team given what occurred last term, but something about this doesn’t sit right.

Why have Rangers waited until the afternoon of the game to inform BT Sport of their decision?

I suppose it’s not really our business. But it does highlight the increasingly farcical media situation developing in Scottish football. From cash for questions to denying pundits entry, where is the common sense?

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