Rangers ban Ibrox’s Chris Sutton sees BT Sport release warning

BT Sport has issued a warning to Rangers that they cannot pick the pundits after Celtic legend Chris Sutton was refused entry to Ibrox again ahead of Sparta Prague’s Europa League clash.

BT Sports have warned Rangers that they will not allow the club to pick and choose their critics after Chris Sutton was again denied entry to Ibrox.

The former Parkhead striker was set to be part of the broadcaster’s coverage of the Europa League double header featuring Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic and Rangers vs Sparta Prague.

Sutton and former teammate Neil Lennon were not allowed into the Rangers’ match with Lyon in September due to “safety” reasons.

Rangers again refused to let Chris Sutton into Ibrox which led to a backlash from BT Sport

And when the England player was rejected again by Rangers on Thursday night, BT Sport abandoned plans to broadcast from Ibrox and set up an empty studio in Celtic Park instead.

Before the Celtic match in Germany, BT Sport Host Daryl Corey read a prepared statement explaining the company’s point – introducing Sutton as “the elephant in the room.”

Sutton arrived in Ibrox to provide radio refereeing service for Rangers' match with Sparta Prague

Sutton arrived in Ibrox to provide radio refereeing service for Rangers’ match with Sparta Prague

He said: “We have a show team that reflects all the angles and experiences in Scottish football but not all of them have been provided with the necessary accreditation at Ibrox today.

We won’t have to split the team behind and in front of the screen. The only way to provide viewers with continuity of coverage across tonight’s games – which includes Celtic and Rangers – was to set up a studio elsewhere.

“We decided with Celtic playing first that we come to Celtic Park and we will be joined in this match by Chris Sutton and Stellian Petrov.”


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