By Ray Livingstone

27th Oct, 2020 | 7:38am

Sky Sports forced to issue 'grovelling apology' after being accused of Celtic bias

Sky Sports have been forced to issue a “grovelling apology” after being accused of Celtic bias in the build-up to the game against Aberdeen on Sunday.

It’s an embarrassing climbdown for the broadcaster who has often shown too much favour for Neil Lennon’s side.

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack took umbrage after Sky showed a reel of 22 goals that Celtic had scored against Aberdeen in the build-up to the live clash.

And during the coverage Sky tweeted about Scott Taylor instead of Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor.

A joint statement was released that read: “While the tweet was part of a number of features within an hour-long build-up and not intended to be used in isolation, Sky unreservedly apologised for any offence the tweet caused to Aberdeen and their fans.

“The apology has been accepted by the club. Sky Sports also outlined its plans and ambitions for the future of Scottish football and will work with Aberdeen to deliver these over the period of the exclusive contract with the SPFL.”

Sky need to get with the times

If you watched the build-up to the Aberdeen v Celtic game on Sunday you’d have been forgiven for thinking that Neil Lennon’s side were flying high and invincible.

The game that followed showed that’s a long way from what’s actually happening on the pitch at the moment.

Celtic went behind twice before eventually dropping two points after a late Aberdeen penalty was converted deep in injury time.

It rounded off a miserable week that saw Celtic lose to Rangers and AC Milan, with some fans calling for Neil Lennon’s head.

You can see why Aberdeen were so annoyed and the apology was necessary.

We imagine there will be a different build up to Sunday’s semi-final between the two sides, although the match isn’t on Sky.

Instead, the Sky cameras will be where the real action is taking place on Sunday as Rangers travel to Kilmarnock.

A win there will see the lead at the top of the Premiership grow to nine points, putting Celtic in a position where they can’t afford any more slip-ups.

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