By Nick Ware

27th Nov, 2021 | 9:40am

Ally McCoist calls on Scottish clubs to 'stop the pettiness' amid Chris Sutton-Rangers row

Ally McCoist wants football clubs in Scotland to cease the banning of pundits from stadiums amid Chris Sutton’s row with Rangers.

Ex-Celtic striker Sutton has endured a frosty relationship with the Gers and he was prevented access to Ibrox for a Europa League game in September, with Stewart Robertson citing safety reasons.

The same happened this week and BT Sport switched the hosting of their Thursday night coverage to Celtic Park after Sutton was denied once again.

Speaking on BT Sport Scottish Football Extra [26/11/21], Ibrox hero McCoist has called on clubs to adopt a more measured approach.

“Chris has been banned from Ibrox, Andy Walker has been banned from Celtic Park, Kris Boyd banned from Dundee,” he said. “The only thing that surprised me is the email arrived on time from Dundee to ban Kris Boyd!

“But in all seriousness, can we stop the pettiness and just get on with Scottish football and let people into games and not fall out with people over nothing?

“There you are, I’ve got it off my chest.”

No end in sight?

It should be noted that the main argument that has generally been cited for banning Sutton is due to safety reasons.

Sutton’s role as Rangers wind-up merchant is well established now, and there have been suggestions that the club has not taken too kindly to his comments.

The supporters certainly haven’t.

The issue of banning Sutton is a divisive one – many Bears seem to be in support of it due to an apparent disparaging of the club.

On the other side of the coin is the notion that pundits should not be restricted, so long as they are not being wholly offensive and derogatory.

Ultimately, though, there appears no end in sight in this dispute.

McCoist’s plea will likely fall on deaf ears as the pundit war wages on in Scottish football.

In other Rangers news, the club have agreed a deal to bring this 26-year-old to Ibrox on January 2.