"That is crazy"; Former Celtic man Ramon Vega reacts to Sutton, Lennon drama

By Euan Davidson

September 17, 2021

Ramon Vega has responded to last night’s bizarre decision to bar two ex-Celtic players – Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon – from Ibrox.

Sutton and Lennon were both employed by BT Sport to provide analysis of Celtic and Rangers’ games in the Europa League. With the Ibrox side kicking off later, the plan was to host reaction to the games from Rangers’ stadium.

Instead, both ex-Celts were barred from entry over “security concerns”.

Obviously, Sutton was left not best pleased. The vocal ex-striker and pundit got the last laugh though, saying he “didn’t miss much”. Rangers were beaten 2-0 by Lyon.

However, it’s created plenty of debate. Ramon Vega, who spent a short spell with Celtic, has reacted with incredulity to Rangers’ chiefs decision.

Vega, who entered the world of finance, as well as advising footballing authorities on a range of issues after retirement [Daily Record], tweeted his dismay.

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He’s even been tipped as a CEO candidate for Celtic after the departure of Dom McKay [Daily Record].

Former Switzerland international Vega said of the debacle:

“That is crazy. Not acceptable.”

Vega, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and Cagliari, spent time on loan at Celtic Park in the 00-01 season. While his performances weren’t outstanding, he did grow a huge affinity for the club.

He described being “part of a family” while in Glasgow’s East End [Celtic Wiki].

Naturally, then, he still holds a candle for the Hoops.

Ramon Vega won’t be the last voice on bizarre debacle, with former Celtic players Sutton and Lennon locked out of Ibrox

What an absolute PR nightmare for Rangers. It makes so little sense that a club of their size couldn’t guarantee the safety of two individuals from a studio within Ibrox.

As Vega says, it’s “crazy” and “not acceptable”.

At least Chris Sutton has taken it in good humour, along with plenty of Celtic supporters. But it hints at a more significant problem.

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Between having our away allocation cut to nothing, petty rows about attendances, and last night’s debacle, the needless acts of partisanship being shown south of the Clyde are something football authorities should address.

If pundits can’t get into stadia to do their job, then it’s a real issue. Plenty of ex-Rangers players have taken on punditry duties at Celtic Park. It’s odd to even think of that as any kind of issue. It’s just what happens.

This is a story that could have permeations beyond this week.

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