When BBC Scotland secured the rights to Rangers’ second leg Europa League Playoff with Alashkert it raised a few eyebrows.
The national broadcaster and the Ibrox club don’t oft see eye-to-eye and amid an ongoing boycott it was interesting to see them cover the club in Europe.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 26, 2021
Rangers would get through the tie overall courtesy of an Alfredo Morelos goal at Ibrox but the 0-0 draw on the night has done little to bolster fan confidence amid stumbling form.
The build up to the match had been overshadowed by a Covid-19 outbreak at the club which forced six first teamers, including skipper James Tavernier, and manager Steven Gerrard into isolation.
But despite the fact they covered what was a torrid Rangers performance against the 10 men of the Armenians, there was still something to smile about regarding their coverage.
No, it wasn’t commentary of Liam McLeod or even the comedically genius zingers of Ricky Foster, but it was a technical malfunction as the game entered its final stages.
With around 10 to 15 minutes to go BBC Scotland coverage of the match against Alashkert flicked to a masked-up technician seemingly setting up for the six o’clock news.
Whilst someone might be in trouble for the slip-up the moment broke up what was an otherwise drab affair as Rangers huffed over the line in the Armenian heat.
It also caught the attention of plenty of fans who reacted to the malfunction on Twitter:
Decent subs for Rangers. Big man looks capable of getting that goal. pic.twitter.com/gpi6Blrsxy
— Garry Carmody (@GarryCarmody) August 26, 2021
Really enjoying this Rangers game.. pic.twitter.com/5NAROGGcV7
— talkingbaws (@talkingbawscom) August 26, 2021
BBC Scotland doing their best Premier Sports impression tonight.. pic.twitter.com/4KxDGsG3E4
— K922 💙 (@minniedogg) August 26, 2021
BBC Scotland have previous for that sort of thing……..mind this absolutely beauty from a couple of seasons back xpic.twitter.com/VtgmB5HZEx
— sunshinekid (@sunshinekid10) August 26, 2021
— 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 (@SeafarerMichael) August 26, 2021
BBC Scotland’s coverage of the Alashkert v Glasgow Rangers game just got interrupted by live images of a man. The man became increasingly uncomfortable as it dawned on him that he was on live TV. There was also a woman but she ran off leaving the man on his own. Great stuff. pic.twitter.com/RXiLv8sZ5X
— Smithy (@Steve_JN_Smith) August 26, 2021
— Cllr David Meikle (@cllrdmeikle) August 26, 2021
Thanks BBC Scotland. Obviously someone's had enough of the game too… pic.twitter.com/I0zx8mgdJl
— Greegsy's Gloves (@Gers89_) August 26, 2021
Rangers will now go into the hat for the group stages of the Europa League for the fourth season on the trot in what is a sizeable achievement by Gerrard and his backroom team.
The Ibrox will also enter the tournament in pot 2 such has been the success of the club’s performances in Europe since the Liverpool legend took over.