BT Sport bosses make big Ibrox call after Rangers put foot down - report
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BT Sport bosses make big Ibrox call after Rangers put foot down - report

BT Sport bosses have decided to cover Rangers vs Sparta Prague from Celtic Park after the Gers refused to grant Chris Sutton access to Ibrox, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Gers are taking on Sparta at home in a 20:00 kick-off on Thursday night while Celtic face Bayer Leverkusen in Germany at 17:45.

Rangers vs Sparta will be Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first match in charge of the Gers. (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

Traditionally, BT Sport cover both games from the stadium of the Scottish club playing at home.

However, it’s asserted that an empty Parkhead will be used on Thursday instead.

Earlier this season, Rangers opted against allowing regular BT Sport pundit Sutton access to their stadium because of the way he’s spoken and written about the club in the past and it appears that his Ibrox ban still stands.

After being informed of this, BT Sport bosses reportedly decided to switch the coverage rather than replacing the ex-Celtic striker and covering the games from Ibrox.

BT Sport have reportedly switched coverage to Celtic Park after Rangers refused to grant Chris Sutton access to Ibrox.  (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Rangers’ approach with the media has attracted plenty of attention this season and it’s likely that more criticism will follow this latest move.

However, the banning of Sutton will be popular with supporters who have previously called on Ibrox chiefs to stand up to those who regularly aim digs at the Gers.

Rangers only have four points so far in Europa League Group A, but results elsewhere have ensured that a win by two clear goals over Sparta should be enough to see them through to the knockout stages with a game to spare.

Meanwhile, there’s been confusion and debate amongst Rangers fans after footage emerged from Auchenhowie.