Rangers fans have taken to the internet to express their disappointment on how BBC Scotland are reporting the Alan Power Ryan Jack clash.
BBC Scotland have come under fire for using a photo which doesn’t truly represent the incident. The incident in question concerns Alan Power kicking the head of Ryan Jack in a high boot challenge. Power was only given a yellow.
There have been calls from some quarters for the incident to be reviewed by the Compliance Officer. Steven Gerrard also turned up the pressure on the SFA by saying it would be “interesting” to see how the CO reacts.
Fans and Rangers influencers have been quick to condemn the use of a photo. They believe it is a deliberate attempt to play down the severity of the clash.
There are about 5 or 6 professional pictures doing the rounds, from varying angles, of Power kicking Ryan Jack full in the face, studs up, with a straight leg. This is the one BBC Scotland use. Anyone still think this isn’t intentional? pic.twitter.com/OxZRH0cTOz
— TheCoplandRoad.org (@CoplandRoadOrg) February 11, 2019
First picture is the one doing the rounds across all medias showing Power kicking Jack in the face.
The second picture is the one @BBCSportsound is using.
Still believe there's no agenda there with @BBCScotland ? pic.twitter.com/PKdD0ubKpi
— ℛᴀɴɢᴇʀs ℬᴇᴀʀ® (@TheRangersBear) February 11, 2019
I just want objective reporting. In 2019, that appears to be too much to ask when it comes to Rangers
— David M (@dmjaroka) February 11, 2019
Lol that is quite funny. They are at this point just trolling us. I think it’s clear at this point that BBC Scotland and Rangers will never see eye to eye again. I don’t really give a shit either. Shown themselves up something rotten over the course of the last few years.
— Mr Pedro (@PeteRoe123) February 11, 2019
However, there may be an issue over image rights. But this has not been confirmed or denied by the Broadcaster. And it is not as if BBC Scotland don’t have previous with questionable reporting over Rangers.
Rangers and BBC Scotland feud isn’t slowing down
It is also interesting to compare the coverage of this incident with the BBC’s coverage of the incidents concerning Rangers players in the wake of the Aberdeen match.
Even the most optimistic voice in Scottish football will struggle to prove there is parity here. The general feeling amongst Rangers fans is that the Gers are covered and judged more harshly by the news outlet.
Some even believe this more intense coverage contributed to the recent action by the SFA towards Morelos and McGregor following the Aberdeen match. Especially when you consider BBC Scotland deliberately omitted a trio of controversial incidents in their highlight coverage of the Celtic Hibs match the same night.
This is also not the first time the BBC have got into hot water for their use of an unsuitable image concerning Ryan Jack.
The National Broadcaster was forced to apologise after they appeared to use an image containing a severed head of the midfielder back in October.
Rangers and BBC Scotland have been at loggerheads for over two years. The entire feud came to a head after a fall-out concerning reporter Chris McLaughlin and several obtuse reports. As a result, BBC Scotland now boycott coverage at Ibrox. However, the reporter has since moved roles.
But if this image and the coverage of recent events are anything to go by, it’s a feud which shows no signs of slowing down. And one Rangers fans are clearly not prepared to fall silent on.