Radio Clyde have confirmed they have resolved all issues with Rangers after a short-term blackout was put in place by the Premiership leaders.
Earlier this month, journalist Roger Hannah claimed on Clyde SSB that Kemar Roofe cause St Johnstone’s Murray Davidson to get injured with a bad tackle on the Saints player at Ibrox.
Roofe was handed a retrospective ban for the tackle and St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson confirmed [Sky Sports] the injury wasn’t caused by the Gers ace.
Now, Radio Clyde have released a statement on their website which says that the issues between them and the Gers are now in the past.
“Clyde 1 Superscoreboard wishes to address recent issues in our relationship with Rangers Football Club. We are committed, as always, to maintaining a healthy working relationship with Rangers FC, as well as every other club in Scottish football,” the statement read.
“Rangers Football Club recently raised some concerns around some comments on our show. These points have been addressed in a constructive and positive manner and fully resolved.
“We look forward working closely with the club for the rest of the season and beyond.
“Our sports journalist Andrew MacLean will be attending the press conference this Wednesday ahead of Rangers European clash with Royal Antwerp on Thursday.”
Hannah’s comments about Roofe and Murray Davidson were ill-judged, misinformed and simply wrong.
To say, categorically, that a player had injured another player when that wasn’t the case is pretty bad so we can see why Rangers took issue with Radio Clyde.
A short-term blackout seemed like a good, strong response but this cannot become something of the norm.
As soon as journalists and broadcasters start being silenced, that is when issues that are taking place behind the scenes do not get accounted for.
We’ve seen a lot in the news recently how certain things have been swept under the carpets and maybe if clubs were more transparent, those things might not have happened to the scale they did.
Football clubs and the media need to have a good working relationship with one another. Clubs shouldn’t have to resort to blackouts but reporters shouldn’t resort to incorrect claims.
We need a good balance between the behaviour of clubs and the media in Scotland but for so long, that really hasn’t happened.