Date: 4th May 2013 at 5:46pm
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James Traynor RangersJames Traynor has banned the BBC from Ibrox- even though they have a contractual right to provide live commentary.

Matters came to a head today when the state broadcaster was prevented from broadcasting a six hour special to celebrate the winning of the Third Division title.

Yesterday the BBC published in full a report allegedly requested by Charles Green that was highly critical of the current management, playing style and payment structure.

That report was repeated in many newspapers today but it was the BBC that were ordered out of Ibrox today.

A statement on the website of the holding company which runs the football club said: “RANGERS Football Club can confirm the BBC is no longer welcome at Ibrox Stadium or Murray Park.

“The club asked BBC journalists to leave the stadium ahead of today’s Division Three title party against Berwick Rangers.

“Rangers Director of Communications James Traynor said: “We are aware of our contractual obligations but we also have to be aware of our duty to protect the players, manager and supporters against reporting which lacks logic, balance and fairness.”

Traynor spent more than a dozen years on the BBC payroll before quitting at Christmas for his new role at Ibrox.

In midweek a new three year broadcasting deal between the BBC and SPL and SFL was announced.

Despite the ban on the broadcaster SFL Chief David Longmuir took part in the trophy presentation without commenting on a key media partner being denied the coverage that they have paid for.