You Can't Be Serious, Jeff: Sky Sports man Jeff Stelling aims cheeky dig at Celtic

By Euan Davidson

January 23, 2021

Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling has put the boot into Celtic.

The Soccer Saturday host claimed that the Bhoys’ three games in hand were “irrelevant” while presenting the Scottish Premiership table.

The Hartlepool supporter and veteran broadcaster has subsequently earned the ire of the Hoops faithful for his inflammatory comments. Okay, he’s probably right, but it’s a bit much for a presenter to be saying it.

Obviously, Rangers fans are in celebratory mood, and it seems Jeff Stelling is courting the blue side of Glasgow. A twitter account called ‘J Bluenose’ shared the presenter’s comments on Twitter, to give you an impression of how the comments have been received in Scotland.

Here’s the video:

Jeff Stelling and former Celtic man Charlie Nicholas at Paradise / (Photo by Ross Brownlee/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Jeff Stelling adds to dismal week for Celtic

It’s fine when the shock jocks at TalkSport are spouting their usual brand of “analysis”. Given the utter misery Celtic have provided Kris Boyd over the decade, it’s not such a huge deal when he has a dig. Ditto Alex Rae, McCoist, whoever.

But… Et Tu, Jeff Stelling?

For someone who has absolutely no skin in the Scottish game, it’s just savagery. Yes, for many, Jeff Stelling’s patter is only enjoyable to the kind of people who tweet “pub league” at French football highlights. Still, come on Jeff.

If we were conspiracy theorists, we’d say something about how Sky have got it in for Celtic in general. For example, they got rid of Charlie Nicholas last year [Daily Record]. That argument immediately falls under any scrutiny, though, given that Nicholas isn’t exactly a fan favourite amongst the Celtic support.

So, take it at face value; it’s a cheeky wee dig from someone with no emotional investment in Scottish football. For one thing, just be glad that Sky actually showed the right teams when our league table appeared on screen [Scotsman].

I’m sitting there and I’m thinking, we weren’t even playing today! Leave it out!