By Doug Ward

24th Aug, 2021 | 7:10am

Anthony Joseph blasts BBC Sportsound for tweet about Rangers star Tavernier

Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph has blasted BBC Sportsound for their tweet about how James Tavernier should approach Kyogo Furuhashi after the Celtic star was allegedly racially abused by Rangers fans.

Last season, after Glen Kamara was racially abused by Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela, ex-Celtic captain Scott Brown went over to the Gers midfielder to speak to him before an Old Firm clash.

BBC Sportsound’s Twitter account has now asked whether Ibrox captain Tavernier should do the same to Furuhashi after a video clip emerged of Gers fans singing what appeared to be racist chants about the Celtic man.

Sky Sports’ Joseph, who is a Celtic fan, isn’t pleased with Sportsound’s tweet, suggesting that Tavernier has now been backed into a corner to make a gesture.

Writing on Twitter, Joseph said: “While this would be a nice gesture of solidarity, this tweet has given Tavernier very little option.

“If he doesn’t, I fear it’ll be made into an issue which will completely dilute the actual issues around racism in our society.

“Do better – this kind of thing doesn’t really help.”

Not fair

BBC Sportsound is one of the biggest Scottish football TV shows.

Their Twitter account has over 100,000 followers and they need to be acting way more responsibly than this.

It’s not on them to put pressure on a player to make a gesture after an opponent was alleged to have been racially abused.

Tavernier may well have done that anyway. Other Rangers players might do that at the Old Firm match this weekend.

It’s simply outrageous that Sportsound will pose a question that puts this extra player on someone to make a gesture about racism. It’s not on.

Joseph is totally on point with his tweet about this – Sportsound’s tweet is unnecessary and it really doesn’t help.

Rangers have acted brilliantly by investigating the matter as quickly as possible and banning the alleged culprits and the entire RSC.

It should not happen and can’t be allowed to happen again.

Rangers fans need to self-police where they can. It’s difficult but it’s a massive step towards the right direction.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have made a decision on a major offer for one of their players.