Report: Rivals embarrassingly show their Celtic pettiness again with BT Sport

By David Walton

November 24, 2021

Chris Sutton has been banned from Ibrox again as Rangers embarrassingly showed their Celtic pettiness once more, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Sun reports that Rangers were set to welcome BT Sport’s team into Ibrox on Thursday night. This is due to the fact that the TV broadcaster normally hosts their coverage at the stadium of the home club who are in action at 8pm.

However, in a typical Rangers move, the Sun claims that Sutton has again been banned. This means that BT have had to move their coverage to Celtic Park, where they’ll broadcast in front of an empty stadium with the Hoops away to Bayer Leverkusen that evening.

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Rangers refused access to both Sutton and Neil Lennon back in September for a game against Lyon also. This was said to be down to “security concerns” [Scottish Sun].

But BT have made their stance clear as they confirmed they’ll back Sutton all the way. As quoted by the Scottish Sun, a BT source said: “It’s going to look pretty strange when they’re analysing the game from an empty stadium.

“But Chris Sutton is a valued member of the BT Sport team so when Gers told them he wasn’t welcome they didn’t hesitate to change their plans. There was no way they would leave Chris.”

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It would be nice if we could leave the bigotry to moronic elements of the football support in Scottish football. But Rangers simply can’t seem to hide theirs with such an embarrassing, low-ball move that shows exactly why they’re so different from the Hoops.

Could you honestly imagine Celtic banning Ally McCoist from entering Parkhead? If we ever did, it would leave you red in the face as a supporter. Especially if they were citing “security concerns” as the main issue.

What that effectively means is that Rangers can’t contain their own supporters. That they don’t know how to tame them and believe that Sutton’s presence alone could entice a riot in Govan.

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It’s small-club mentality stuff. Not allowing a pundit that played for your rivals into the stadium. And considering it’s not the first time this has happened, it reflects even more badly on the Ibrox club.

It’ll be interesting to see what Sutton himself has to say about this. But the truth is the Scottish media, even the mainstream press, should be absolutely battering Rangers over this. It’s a bad sign when pundits can’t vent their views for a fear of being banned from a football stadium.

Then again, we all know why Sutton truly is barred from Ibrox. It’s to do with a certain coloured jersey he wore back in his playing days.

In other news, Charlie Nicholas joins Davie Provan in demand for fan representation on Celtic board