Michael Stewart will not be at Ibrox on Sunday as Rangers take on Cove Rangers in the Scottish Cup third-round.
Stewart is usually on Scottish Cup punditry duties for broadcasters Premier Sports but he won’t be in the vicinity as the Gers take on their lower-league counterparts.
He hit the headlines in March after refused to publicly support Rangers after Glen Kamara alleged he had been racially abused by Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela in the second-leg of their Europa League tie.
On Saturday evening Greg Marshall, Supporter Liasion Officer for the Light Blues, was asked whether Stewart would be at Ibrox the following day to witness their clash with lower-league Cove.
He told his 38,000+ followers on Twitter: “No, absolutely not!”
No, absolutely not!
— RangersFC SLO (@RangersFCSLO) April 3, 2021
Silly Stewart gets his comeuppance?
Marshall issued a pretty damning response which now begs the questions as to what is really behind his expected absence.
Maybe he just hasn’t been selected by the broadcasting company for the game, or perhaps he has elected to remove himself from the situation in order not to stoke the flames between himself and the club further.
Given recent precedents, there is also the distinct possibility that the club have moved to block his arrival.
The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell tweeted in February that he had been denied access to Ibrox and hinted that it could be due to his coverage of the SFA’s child abuse report.
Evidently, the club are powerful enough to impose such a sanction if they wish and it would be no surprise to us if Stewart has been given a similar treatment.
He has long been touted as a Gers wind-up merchant, a pundit that tries to tickle the feathers of the fanbase and weighs in on controversial topics with strong-minded opinions.
His response to the Kamara incident was disgraceful so he can have no complaints if he is banned by the club – imagine the Finland international hearing what he had to say and then seeing him in his own ground?
One thing is for sure, there won’t be any Gers tears at his absence from Sunday’s game, whatever the reason.
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