By Nick Ware

18th Sep, 2021 | 6:30am

Rod Stewart delivers Rangers verdict amid Ibrox controversy

Rod Stewart has delivered his verdict on the decision taken by Rangers to prevent Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon from entering Ibrox on Thursday.

The duo were not granted access to Ibrox to complete their punditry duties for BT, with Rangers citing safety issues.

“It seems really it’s a common-sense situation,” Jim White remarked on Friday morning via talkSPORT [17/09/21].

“Our old pal Sir Rod Stewart is listening from home this morning. Rod’s a big Celtic fan, he said [reading a text message out] ‘I think this is the correct decision by Rangers. I wish I could go to Ibrox but I wouldn’t be particularly welcome’.”

White added: “So yes, why inflame the situation? I think Rod’s right. But certainly, Sutton and Lennon, I don’t think it was the best idea, was it?”

Reality

It seems there is some support for Rangers’ decision on Thursday, even by those with a Celtic persuasion.

Stewart is one of the most high-profile Celtic supporters in the country, and he has back the Gers on this one.

However, it seems he does still crave the opportunity to attend Ibrox himself and watch an Old Firm.

It seems that he accepts the reality of the situation.

Whether one views it as right or wrong, the situation is that figures such as Sutton and Lennon, who cause such consternation in the fanbase, have created frictions between themselves and Bears. Therefore, the Gers believe their safety would be compromised if they were to enter Ibrox.

It remains to be seen how the situation can be recovered from this; the relationship between the duo and those affiliated with Rangers appears to have sunk to an all-time low.

In other Rangers news, Simon Jordan has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at ‘provocative’ Chris Sutton and BT after Ibrox controversy.