Andy Walker has sought legal advice after Rangers banned him from Ibrox for making disparaging comments against the club, according to the Scottish Sun.
The Sky Sports pundit was conspicuous by his absence in the commentary box for Sunday’s Old Firm as Steven Gerrard’s side ran out 4-1 winners in the Scottish Premiership clash.
A regular on the channel, Walker was replaced by former Scotland international James McFadden who joined Ally McCoist and Ian Crocker on the gantry.
Ex-Celtic forward Walker has also been banned from his old club’s ground for condemning their Dubai trip in January, while comments about the European Super League and the Light Blues’ finances are believed to be behind his Ibrox suspension.
The Scottish Sun report the revelation has shocked him and that he has turned to lawyers to help tackle the issue.
Taking a stand
Rangers have shown as a club that they will stand up to pundits and critics who dare to take them on.
The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell is one reporter who was denied access to Ibrox in February, and it looks like the hierarchy are adopting a similar stance against Walker.
The question will nag, though, are the club being too heavy-handed? Does it amount to trying to control the media narrative by banning pundits and journalists when they publish or say something that does not align with the club’s beliefs or makes them look good?
It’s something to be wary of and the outcome of Walker’s legal advice will go a long way to determining how watertight their ability to block people from the stadium is.
They’ve taken a big stand and it’s admirable in some settings as pundits are often allowed to get away with anything on air, and this might force them as a collective to ensure their research is thorough before making potentially damaging remarks.
This is surely only the start of a saga that could rumble on for some time.
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