Sky Sports have edited a clip of John Hartson talking about Neil Lennon resigning as Celtic manager after outrage from Rangers fans online.
In the original clip, Hartson said, “It’s probably the correct decision and I think now, Celtic can actively be looking for a new manager and a new team,” Hartson told Sky Sports on Wednesday.
“Neil Lennon has to be remembered as somebody who won numerous title as a player and numerous trophies as a manager. He will be respected and regarded as a legend at Celtic. He loves the club, Irish Catholic, supported the club but I think it was time to make the change.”
Rangers fans piled onto the tweet asking what relevance the ‘Irish Catholic’ part had to what he was saying.
That has now been scrubbed from the official clips circulating online. You can hear the original here.
"There's a danger that Rangers could be the team to catch in the future."
John Hartson says it was the correct decision for Neil Lennon to resign as Celtic manager after a number of things going wrong this season.
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) February 24, 2021
The clip was censored after a lot of Rangers fans – and fans from other clubs – replied to the tweet with outrage.
Sky haven’t made any mention of the clip being edited or given an apology.
Plenty of Rangers fans pointed out that the outrage would have been real if this had been done the other way.
And it seems incredible in this day and age that, irrespective of what went out live, they would post something like this up afterwards on social media.
Maybe they should also think about censoring the part where he says there “might be a danger that Rangers become the team to catch”. That’s already happened, John.
Here are the reactions from Rangers fans that saw Sky make the change.
This video clip should have been pulled as soon as religion was mentioned. What relevance is that!
— Ian Burgess (@IanBurgess5) February 24, 2021
@ScotlandSky can you explain what relevance the religion of Neil Lennon has in regards to football?
— M Mack (@BatuMack) February 24, 2021
“Irish Catholic “ are you alluding to Celtic’s inherent bigotry John ?
— Iain1712 🏴🇬🇧 (@iain1712) February 24, 2021
Irish Catholic really? Whats relevance does that have? Bothers me not a jot but I laugh when I imagine the outcry if say Walter Smith was mentioned as a Scottish protestant.
— Garry (@Jesus4Glasgow) February 24, 2021
Rangers ARE the team to catch, that’s been Celtics biggest problem all year, the arrogance and lack of acknowledgment that they’re behind. Secondly stop pandering to the masses with the “Irish catholic” nonsense. Imagine the petitions if an ex ranger said “Scottish Protestant!” pic.twitter.com/AF7T6Jonym
— James Thomson (@jamestomo99) February 24, 2021
Why are Sky broadcasting that a managers legacy is secure because they are an Irish Catholic? We are in the 21st century @SkySports @mrandrewdickson @JimWhite Maybe Sky should use better contributors who dont judge people on such things.
— Graham Doolan (@GrahamDoolan1) February 24, 2021
They've always got to bring religion in to it haven't they. Sad but expected. We are the team to catch you fool. Welcome to the party
— Craig (@blueblood1872) February 24, 2021
What the hell is he on about?
— The Paul Holst 🇬🇧 (@Rangers4M) February 24, 2021
Irish Catholic pic.twitter.com/WqwLdy17LP
— RonLane (@BlueSeaOfIbrox_) February 24, 2021
WTF has religion got to with it? Embarrassing, pathetic, predictable 🤷🏻♂️
— Yaldy (@yaldydd) February 24, 2021
Imagine the uproar if Steve Davis was referred to as a Northern Irish Protestant by a former player praising him 😂😂
— Robert Johnstone (@boabjohnstone) February 24, 2021
In other Rangers news, fans have urged their club to sign this Rangers loanee.