BBC Scotland criticised for ex-Rangers star Champions League coverage


BBC Scotland criticised for ex-Rangers star Champions League coverage

BBC Scotland have been criticised by Rangers fans for rolling out ex-Ibrox midfielder Ian Black for an interview after the Champion League qualifying defeat to Union Saint-Gilloise.

The Ibrox club have it all to do after their 2-0 loss to the Belgian Pro League outfit with a monumental response expected in Glasgow.

But before the Ibrox side welcome USG BBC Scotland show The Nine has been rolling out a player who never played in Europe for Rangers for comment.

Ian Black had a short stint at Rangers during the club’s rebuild from the events of 2012, playing three full seasons with the Gers between 2012 an 2015.

Playing 115 times in total for the club, Ian Black’s time at Rangers is infamously remembered for a string of betting offences, where the former midfielder even bet against the Ibrox side.

Rangers fans left astounded by Ian Black BBC Scotland interview

For this in particular, not to mention a turgid style of play, Ian Black is not fondly remembered by Rangers fans who were astounded to see him on BBC Scotland after the USG defeat.

In total, Ian Black made five European appearances in his entire career, with all of them coming at Hearts, so it’s little wonder Rangers fans are scratching their heads.

Having just resolved a long-running dispute with Rangers, it’s led some to question why BBC Scotland opted to use Ian Black as the relationship continues to be scrutinised.

But whilst the appearance of Black on the national broadcaster speaking about European football and Rangers is a head scratcher, it’s not exactly the most pressing matter at hand.

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The Gers must now turn things around in Glasgow to have any chance of making the Playoff round to face a clash with either Ligue 1 Monaco or Eredivisie PSV.

Rangers will need to be much improved in a week’s time with the abject display against the Belgians quite simply unacceptable to supporters.

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