BBC Scotland has come under fire from Rangers fans for their abject reaction to a late Gers goal v Malmo which keeps the Ibrox side in the hunt for a spot in the Champions League.
The Gers might’ve fallen to a 2-1 defeat to Swedish Champions Malmo FF but that late, late strike from veteran midfielder Steven Davis keeps Rangers’ hopes alive.
Steven Gerrard’s team had found themselves 2-0 down through some uncharacteristic defending which saw them ship two goals in two minutes at the start of the second half.
However, with all to play for heading into next week, you might think that the national broadcaster would be a tad more enthusiastic about the Scottish Champions’ chances.
At least, that’s not how many of the Ibrox support on Twitter have been interpreting their reaction.
Sportsound host Richard Gordon, former Ibrox defender Richard Foster and ex-Gers winger Chris Burke were interpreting the game for the broadcaster in the post-match.
Sportsound really taking the goal well pic.twitter.com/3izSfa2LSt
— Stevie Souness ✪ (@steviesouness) August 3, 2021
It’s the host in particular who’s come in for some criticism for sounding sour about the fact the Davis strike hit the back of the net.
“I’m trying to work out how the deflection has gone past the keeper,” said Gordon [Sportsound 03/08/21].
“I’ve just seen another angle there; Steven Davis takes the shot, it goes through the legs of the first defender, there’s a second defender sliding in behind him and it’s that defender it cannons off.
“Because the keeper had looked so assured and you’re just thinking, ‘how on Earth has he been beaten by that?’
“But when it’s come off a defender like that, it’s altered it’s direction entirely, and it’s gone two inches inside the post, he’s probably left with no chance.”
Rangers fans feel that there was a touch of the sour grapes about the goal from the broadcaster with plenty giving their two cents on Twitter:
— TFRM (@TFRM) August 3, 2021
Compare this to Rory Hamilton on Premier Sports. He at least sounded happy about the goal.
— Ro55co 🇬🇧 (@rosscurrie971) August 3, 2021
The bitterness is clear to see. Actually talking as if Rangers conceded a last minute goal 🤦♂️
— RABERTO (@Raberto54085252) August 4, 2021
"How has he been beaten…..by THAT"
— Ruaraidh Morrison (@ruaraidh1985) August 3, 2021
You'd think Davis had booted their pet cat past the keeper
— Stag (@LeStag17) August 3, 2021
The sound of absolute dejection is incredible 🤣🤣
— WillsRFC (@Psalm957WATP) August 3, 2021
Please don’t try and hide your disappointment 😂 https://t.co/A1iq0LPnkb
— Andrew Affleck (@Juggler32) August 4, 2021
Tells u everything about this country when the goal from Rangers is greeted on the BBC with the equivalent of someone dieing! https://t.co/xLCMhrAKTL
— RYAN KEMP (@kempomado1) August 3, 2021
Btw this is coverage of a Rangers game by the national broadcaster, in no small part funded by Rangers fans. It sounds like a funeral. @BBCSportScot should be embarrassed by it, but 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/W9H25fy5IR
— Andrew Le Brocq 🏳️🌈 (@AndyLeBrocq) August 3, 2021
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 excruciating pain in audio https://t.co/ftZRKmKhlA
— Cammy Young (@Cammyyoung91) August 3, 2021
Wait till you hear them on Thursday 👇 https://t.co/uCpmC3Rx6u
— Stevie G Got an MBE 🏴🇬🇧 (@warby08294195) August 3, 2021
Where are Malmo in the SPFL? Lads are gutted they lost a late goal https://t.co/2h5u4P2BWN
— Derek Clark (@derekclarksport) August 3, 2021
Thoughts and prayers with the Radio Scotland ream https://t.co/mfvOBFz76j
— Iain Duff (@iainduff) August 3, 2021
This is actually appalling for a national broadcaster.
Basically raging at Malmö for not defending better 😂 https://t.co/hrW6r2cgL8
— adamski152 (@adamski152) August 3, 2021
I know BBC and Rangers have almost a mutual understanding of just not enjoying each other, but this sort of coverage for an absolutely huge goal in the Champions League for a Scottish team is just weird. https://t.co/YHHzm8lzn9
— Garry Carmody (@GarryCarmody) August 3, 2021
Rangers themselves can be happy with that late goal which keeps the club well in the game ahead of a tough test at Ibrox next week.
Whilst the BBC sports desk might’ve been disappointed in Stevie Davis’ late goal, the Ibrox support have been fawning over the Ulster Xavi online.