The Athletic journalist Jordan Campbell was allowed back at Ibrox last night (Sunday) as Rangers beat Cove Rangers 4-0 in the Scottish Cup.

Steven Gerrard’s men set themselves up for an Old Firm derby in the fourth round of the competition with a straightforward victory over the League One side.

Goals by Jermain Defoe, Nathan Patterson and a brace by Kemar Roofe were enough to secure the win.


During the game, Campbell said it was “good to be back at Ibrox” on The Athletic’s website after previously being denied accreditation to enter the Gers’ press box.

In February, the high-profile journalist took to his personal Twitter account to say his “accreditation request wasn’t approved” for the match against Dundee United and suggested it was due to his coverage of the SFA’s child abuse report.

Back – but just for a cup game?

We’ll probably never know the truth being Campbell’s Ibrox shut-out with the journalist seemingly believing it was due to his coverage of the SFA’s child abuse report while the club won’t ever reveal that.

However, it’s safe to say Campbell was probably only allowed back at Ibrox on Sunday night because it was a Scottish Cup game against a lower league side, which was unlikely to get many journalists attending.

Still, we’re glad Campbell is back and able to watch the mighty Gers again.

It was a strong display by Rangers on Sunday night as they won comprehensively without really needing to get out of first gear.

Scott Wright was superb, as was Roofe while it was brilliant to see Patterson get on the scoresheet for the first time in domestic football for the Gers.

Up next is Celtic in the next round and what a match that will be.

There hasn’t been an Old Firm derby in the Scottish Cup since 2017 with Celtic winning in the semi-finals on that occasion.

They haven’t beaten us this season so let’s hope we can continue our brilliant season by progressing past them and, hopefully, going on to win the league and cup double.

In other Rangers news, Martin Tyler took an outstanding swipe at Celtic’s failure to win 10IAR when Kieran Tierney went off injured for Arsenal on Saturday.


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