Controversial pundit Michael Stewart will not be returning to BBC Scotland’s Sportscene this year after he landed a job with CelticTV.
Considered by many Rangers fans – with good reason – to be particularly anti-Rangers in his coverage, this a move which will be welcomed by the Ibrox support.
Stewart was suspended last year for an incredible outburst concerning ex-Gers PR chief Jim Traynor where he accused him of manufacturing a story about Alfredo Morelos being racially abused.
The ex-Hearts midfielder didn’t apologise – even if the BBC did – and Club 1872 claimed there was a direct link between those comments on BBC Sportsound and an assault on Traynor in the weeks afterwards.
Rangers fans were originally very suspicious when the announcement of Stewart as a CelticTV pundit was made and questioned his ability to be impartial.
This is obviously something which has come under the consideration of the BBC Sportscene team who will move forward without the controversial commentator.
Whilst BBC Scotland announced their line-up earlier in the month, it has now been confirmed by tabloids that Stewart will not be involved.
According to the Daily Record, mainstays Jonathon Sutherland and ex-Gers striker Steven Thompson will be joined by Marvin Bartley, James McFadden, Craig Gordon, Shelley Kerr, Julie Fleeting and Shaun Maloney.
Rangers continue to have a fractious relationship with the broadcaster but fans will by buoyed by the news they don’t have a season of needlessly controversial comments to look forward to.