FORMER Celtic boss Neil Lennon is believed to be taking authorized recommendation after being denied entry to Ibrox.
The Hoops legend and former Parkhead striker Chris Sutton have been both told by Rangers they couldn’t attend tonight’s Europa League match against Lyon.
Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon was denied entry to Ibrox tonight
Fellow Celtic icon Chris Sutton was turned away from Ibrox tooCredit score: The Solar
Ibrox chiefs knowledgeable BT Sport that they may not assure their security.
It’s understood that Lennon is taking authorized recommendation over attainable compensation for lack of earnings because of Rangers’ determination.
Lennon and Sutton had been requested by BT Sport to be their analysts for the 5.45pm kick-off between Actual Betis and Celtic in Seville from a Winnebago outdoors the stadium after which do the identical once more from an open studio inside Ibrox – a 40-yard stroll away – for the 8pm kick-off.
Nonetheless, Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson knowledgeable BT that the membership couldn’t make sure the pair’s safety at such quick discover and that, because of this, they may not be admitted inside the bottom.
BT had adopted their standard protocol by contacting UEFA and Rangers with the names of those that can be working for them on Wednesday. That led to textual content messages later that evening, which resulted within the membership rejecting BT’s request for accreditation for Lennon and Sutton.
Former Rangers stars Ally McCoist, Neil McCann, Derek McInnes and Kris Boyd have broadcast from Parkhead just lately with none such points.
McCoist and former captain David Weir have been drafted in to switch them for the Rangers match, whereas the Celtic sport will now be coated from BT’s studio in London.
Sutton, for his half, attacked the membership’s response on social media.
A BT spokesperson mentioned: “We had hoped that Darrell Currie and the workforce would be capable of current the protection of each the Celtic and Rangers UEFA Europa League video games dwell from Ibrox this night, as we’ve got performed previously.
“Rangers have since raised safety considerations and so we’ve got needed to change our plans.
“This night Paul Dempsey will now current our UEFA Europa League protection of Actual Betis v Celtic alongside Stiliyan Petrov dwell from the BT Sport Studio in Stratford. Darrell Currie, Ally McCoist and David Weir will current Rangers v Lyon dwell from Ibrox.”
Rangers insist they’ve fulfilled all obligations in direction of UEFA.
They mentioned: “We have complied with all UEFA contractual obligations to facilitate BT as host broadcaster. Any conjecture or speculation is both inaccurate and unhelpful.”
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