BT Sport warns Rangers that they will not be dictated to as TV giants issue a defiant Chris Sutton statement

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BT Sport insists they will not allow Rangers to pick and choose their experts after Chris Sutton was denied entry to Ibrox Stadium.

The broadcast giants have set up a studio in an empty Celtic Park to cover Old Firm in the Europa League action.

And that is despite the fact that the light blues are at home and Hoops in Germany for their showdown against Bayer Leverkusen.

It’s coming afterwards Record Sports columnist Sutton was again denied access to the Govan track when the same thing happened to the Gers clash with Lyon when BT Sport had to make a plan change in the eleventh hour.

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And instead of splitting their team up and setting up two studios, they have decided to host both games from the east end of Glasgow.

That means the Rangers match will also be covered by the panel from an empty Parkhead despite a full house at Ibrox Stadium to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first match in charge of the Scottish champions.

Host Darrell Currie read out a prepared statement from the BT giants from the BT Sport studio inside an empty Celtic Park when he introduced Sutton as “the elephant in space”.

He said: “We have a presentation team that reflects all angles and experiences in Scottish football, but not all of whom received the necessary accreditation from Ibrox today.

“We will not be forced to split a team behind and in front of the screen. The only way to give viewers continuity in coverage across tonight’s two matches – with Celtic and Rangers – was to set up a studio elsewhere.”

Currie added: “We decided when Celtic first played that we would come to Celtic Park and that joining us for this is Chris Sutton and Stilian Petrov.”


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