Chris Sutton barred from Ibrox again as Rangers spat rumbles on
Chris Sutton has been barred from Ibrox again as BT Sport prepare to televise Rangers versus Sparta Prague on Thursday, according to the Scottish Sun.
As part of the broadcaster’s Europa League coverage this week, the ex-Hoops striker was due to appear at Ibrox, but he will now be forced into an empty Celtic Park after the “latest twist” in an “ongoing spat”.
BT bosses made the decision to switch venues as the Gers continue to blackball the Englishman.
A source told the Scottish Sun: “Chris Sutton is a valued member of the BT Sport team so when Gers told them he wasn’t welcome they didn’t hesitate to change their plans.
“There was no way they would leave Chris.”
A BT spokeswoman also said on Tuesday night: “We would have preferred to have kept our presentation team together at Ibrox but unfortunately this has not been made possible.”
Taking a stand
Rangers are nothing but firm in their stance.
Controversy ensued in September after Sutton and Neil Lennon were blocked from attending Ibrox to cover Celtic’s away Europa League clash against Real Betis, prior to the Gers hosting Lyon.
The duo were deemed to represent security risks, according to Stewart Robertson [via Sutton’s personal Twitter profile].
The decision stirred debate as to whether it was in the best interests of Lennon and Sutton or if it was a personal decision from the club to clamp down on what they deemed to be constant criticism from Sutton and the likes.
The reality is that, while there should be no safety issue, if Rangers have deemed there to be one at all, then the club have to take action as they do not want to be liable for anything that could occur.
It may be a bitter pill for Sutton to swallow, but it could be in his best interests not to be allowed access to Ibrox.