Rangers barred former Celtic player Andy Walker from covering yesterday’s derby with Sky Sports because of comments about their financial situation, The Scottish Daily Mail reports. [03/05 print edition, page 77]
Walker was absent from his usual punditry and co-commentating duties at Ibrox, with Ally McCoist and James McFadden in place alongside Ian Crocker.
It took some supporters by surprise. Walker is a long-term stalwart of Sky’s Scottish Premiership coverage.
The Scottish Daily Mail reports that Rangers are demanding an apology for comments made by the former Celtic striker regarding their financial position.
It’s unreported exactly what they’ve taken offence to.
However, Walker was on Sky Sports News last month discussing the potential of both Celtic and Rangers being interested in the ill-fated European Super League, during which he stated Rangers were in a ‘perilous financial situation’.
It drew an outcry from Rangers supporters on social media.
Walker is often critical of both Celtic and Rangers – it’s not as if he is universally popular with Bhoys supporters either.
Banning him from the stadium seems a bit petty from my perspective. I’m not a fan of the approach of stopping pundits and journalists from covering the game because they’ve aired an opinion.
I’m sure supporters of Rangers will see it differently. It’ll be interesting to see if Walker is in place for the next derby at Ibrox.
The BBC, as we know, are also involved in an ongoing dispute that ensures they not in attendance at Rangers’ home stadium.