- Rangers opt to deny entry to Celtic legend Chris Sutton at Ibrox Stadium
- Sutton was to be part of the broadcast coverage of the Sparta Prague game
- This is the second incident in which Sutton was also denied in September.
- BT Sport abandons its plan to broadcast from ibrox after hearing the news
BT Sport have warned Rangers that they will not allow the club to pick and choose their pundits after Chris Sutton has been denied entry to the Ibrox again.
The former Parkhead striker was due to be part of broadcaster coverage of a Europa League double-header which included Bayer Leverkusen v Celtic and Rangers vs Sparta Prague.
Sutton and former teammate Neil Lennon were denied entry into a Rangers game with Lyon in September on “safety” grounds.
Rangers again refuse to allow Chris Sutton to Ibrox, prompting backlash from BT Sport
And when the Englishman was refused recognition by Rangers again on Thursday night, BT Sport abandoned its plans to broadcast from Ibrox and set up a studio in an empty Celtic Park instead.
Before the Celtic Games in Germany, BT Sport Host Darrell Curry read a prepared statement outlining the company’s vision – as he introduced Sutton as the ‘elephant in the room.
Sutton arrives at Eyebrokes to provide broadcast punditry for Rangers clash with Sparta Prague
He said: ‘We have a presentation team that reflects all angles and experiences in Scottish football but who were not given the necessary recognition at Ibrox today.
‘We will not be forced to split a team at the back and in front of the screen. The only way to provide viewers with continuity of coverage for tonight’s two matches – featuring Celtic and Rangers – was to set up a studio elsewhere.
‘We decided to play with Celtic first that we would come to Celtic Park and for that we would have Chris Sutton and Stilian Petrov with us.’