By Nick Ware

5th May, 2021 | 3:10pm

Richard Keys wants Sky Sports to issue public Andy Walker support against Rangers

Richard Keys has called on Sky Sports to throw their weight behind Andy Walker after he was banned from Ibrox by Rangers.

Ex-Celtic striker Walker has been a regular pundit on Sky Sports’ Scottish Football coverage over the years but Rangers took umbrage with his recent comments on the club’s finances and the European Super League, and subsequently banned him from Ibrox ahead of their Old Firm clash last Sunday.

Walker is reportedly seeking legal advice over the shutout, and former Sky Sports anchor and current beIN SPORTS presenter Keys, told the Daily Record that his former employers should be standing up to the Light Blues.

“Of course Sky should offer him their full support very publicly and very strongly,” he said.

“They’ve benefited from what it was he said and encouraged him to give an opinion.

“Andy is a very good broadcaster as well as a good lad, the latter of which doesn’t qualify him for employer support but that’s exactly what he should have at a time like this.

“During my time at Sky we had complaints from clubs or managers about certain things we had said that they were not happy about.

“And when that happened we made the point to them that never once had there been an example of a broadcaster being able to pick the team of a football club and therefore no football club should ever look to try to affect the choice a team a broadcaster might sent to cover a football match.”

“Perhaps Andy Walker would have been better calling for a riot because it strikes me he would have received a great deal more support than he has – we’ve seen examples of that elsewhere this weekend!”

Standing up to unsubstantiated claims

It looks Walker’s cronies are starting to come out in full force to defend his honour.

Keys is a bit of a stranger to these shoes after he defected to Qatar after his tenure at Sky Sports ended in disgrace.

Now he’s supporting his old chum while taking a sly swipe at the company that dispensed with him after his sexism scandal in 2011.

He seems pretty adamant that Rangers shouldn’t be dictating terms to broadcasters, regardless of the nonsense they can come out with.

Is that fair? Should pundits be allowed to get away with anything, and the club just takes it?

Keys said a lot without actually addressing the claims by Walker that got him the Ibrox chop, and from Celtic’s stadium to boot.

In other Rangers news, ‘I’m hearing…’ – McCoist makes big Gers transfer claim, urges club to keep ‘Incredible’ ace.