By Anthony Onifade

27th Apr, 2023 | 8:10pm

BBC Sport share Rangers news as Celtic prevent live television footage in SPFL

The Scottish Premiership second-phase fixture between Rangers and St Mirren at St Mirren Park on 27 May will not be shown live on television in the UK, according to BBC Sport.

The penultimate match of the season along with Hearts’ encounter with Hibernian won’t be shown live on any of the clubs’ television channels as they would contravene the SPFL’s Sky Sports deal.

The broadcaster will be showing Celtic v Aberdeen at the same time (12:30 pm) on 27 May and therefore clubs are not allowed to stream matches in direct competition.

The rule regarding going head-to-head with a live Sky fixture only comes into play for weekend fixtures, according to BBC Sport [27 April].

Nothing to play for

It’s a real shame Rangers aren’t involved in any Scottish Premiership title race to close out the campaign as these last few games could well have certainly become blockbusters amongst the whole nation of Scotland and those outside.

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However, the Gers simply have nothing to play as they currently sit a disappointing 13 points off their fierce rivals making these fixtures something of a non-starter to close out what’s arguably been a relatively easy campaign for the Hoops.

That potentially means these television broadcast deals won’t be accumulating as much viewers and money as they will have expected seeing as the Gers have done little to try and match up to their close rivals.

It seems as if the Scottish Cup and the Premiership relegation battle will be the talk of the next few weeks in Scotland and many Rangers fans will be hoping and praying that it is a better campaign next season. That semi-final clash with Celtic on Sunday [30 April] could define the remainder of this campaign and potentially the next. Huge.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has revealed he likes an under-fire Ibrox man despite his struggles.