Celtic fans will be denied the thoughts of Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon on tonight’s match against Real Betis after the former hoops duo were banned from Ibrox!
BT Sport had planned on a double-header of tonight’s action with Lennon and Sutton in place at Ibrox to give their views on the action from Seville before switching their thoughts to the visit of Lyon to take on Steven Gerrard’s side.
In mid-afternoon Sutton tweeted that those plans had been scuppered, rather than fight their corner BT Sport have gone along with the request from the Ibrox hierarchy.
I’m not allowed to work on the Celtic game tonight from a studio at Ibrox along with Neil Lennon as Stewart Robertson the Rangers CEO says we are a security risk. Good to see Rangers ground breaking diversity and inclusion campaign ‘Everyone Anyone’ is working well…
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) September 16, 2021
It is quite an admission from Robertson that his club can’t control the anger of their own fans, probably more than 90% of whom will be Season Ticket holders. Earlier this year Andy Walker was given a similar ban from Ibrox.
In two weeks time BT Sport will be based at Celtic Park for the visit of Bayer Leverkusen. Over the last few seasons Ally McCoist, Alex Rae, Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller have been able to work at Celtic Park without threats of losing crowd control.
Last month John Hartson covered the Glasgow derby for Sky Sports inside Ibrox alongside Boyd.