By Doug Ward

21st Sep, 2021 | 7:10am

John Hartson blasts Rangers after Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon drama

Celtic would never ban Ally McCoist or Kris Boyd from Parkhead like Rangers have done with Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon, according to John Hartson.

Last Thursday, Sutton and Lennon were stopped from working at Ibrox for BT Sport by the Gers due to a supposed security risk.

However, ex-Celtic striker Hartson has shared that he’s never had any major issues when he’s worked at Ibrox and he can’t believe the stance that the Premiership champions have taken.

“I was surprised what happened,” he said at his charity foundation’s golf day at Turnberry on Sunday, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. “I’ve been working at Ibrox for years and never had any problems. You get a bit of stick of course, but that’s how it goes.

“I don’t think it should have happened, not letting two pundits into the ground to do their work as professionals.

“I don’t think Celtic would stoop so low to ban people like Ally McCoist or Kris Boyd when they are doing their Sky gigs.

“I’ve worked with them at Celtic Park, they might get the odd boos and stuff, but that’s life.”

Hartson added: “That’s what you sign up to when you play for the Old Firm. I can be putting petrol in my car and get called a legend one minute, but the next time I stop I get called something else entirely.

“You live with it. But I just can’t get my head around this at Ibrox. It was just so unnecessary and the explanation was a strange one talking about security issues.”

It’s not on

Rangers are well within their rights to do this but what is the point? What are they actually achieving here?

Sutton and Lennon have been critical of us in the past but who hasn’t? Almost our entire fanbase has spoken badly of the Gers at some point and people like McCoist and Boyd have also hit out at their former club for certain issues.

It’s like if you’ve spoken ill of the Gers in the past or have some kind of affiliation with Celtic, you’re not welcome at Ibrox.

Rangers have made a bigger issue out of this than it needed to be, creating yet another off-field drama for the media to attack them for.

It’s completely unwarranted and these consistent negative stories are likely to be becoming a distraction for those inside Ibrox.

Last season, there were hardly any off-field issues as we won the league title without suffering a defeat.

Yes, there were a couple of things but in the opening weeks of this season, there seems to have been something every week and it’s always something that Rangers and some of their fans could avoid.

In other Rangers news, a former player claims he heard racist abuse at Ibrox in the draw with Motherwell on Sunday.