Rangers boss Steven Gerrard aimed a dig at one Sky Sports journalist who’s just arrived for the Ibrox party in comments which might explain a reported run-in with the broadcaster.
Reports earlier in the week from the Guardian had suggested that Sky were particularly unhappy with a lack of access given to them by Rangers in the aftermath of the club’s 55th title win.
The Gers instead put out a host of content through their own media channels and Sky – who are one year into a five-year £25m a year TV deal – were said to be “aggrieved” over the situation.
However, Rangers were said to be “perfectly relaxed” and perhaps the comments of Steven Gerrard to Sky Sports News journalist Vinny O’Connor can explain why.
Gerrard, 40, landed one on the journalist – who he is clearly familiar with – for finally showing up to cover Rangers for the broadcaster in the third season of his tenure.
SG calling out Sky Sports 😂
Think you can turn up because we've won somethin? pic.twitter.com/bj35iNIAxJ
— Chommy (@ChommyT) March 11, 2021
“Alright, Vin. Your debut after three years, you’ve had no interest for the last three years. Think you can turn up because we’ve won something?” said Gerrard in the aftermath of the club’s 1-1 Europa League draw with Slavia Prague.
Leading Rangers fan media Heart and Hand also gave their opinion on the matter and once again it related to the support the broadcaster gives the league.
Think it’s more likely club weren’t obligated to do anything so didn’t.
Sky don’t pay SPFL teams enough to get any more than they pay for.
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) March 11, 2021
So whilst Sky Sports might be angry that Rangers and Gerrard spoke to the likes of ITN and BT Sport before them, it’s a warning shot over their coverage.
Rangers’ success also appears to have shaken things up with BBC Scotland who according to reports are now “keen” to resolve their long-standing issues with the Ibrox side.