Rangers’ relationship with BBC Scotland is certainly not news as the club continues to suffer from a boycott enforced by the broadcaster.
License fee-paying supporters are offered sup-par coverage of the club due to the ongoing issue which revolves around the press rights of one of the broadcaster’s journalists being revoked in 2015 and BBC Scotland refusing the cover Gers games as a result.
The situation – which has led to numerous complaints between the two parties and an ongoing ill-feeling – has been described as a “matter of huge regret” by BBC Scotland head Steve Carson.
Rangers’ resurgent title victory and performances in Europe have of course presented a dilemma for the broadcaster who are the country’s leading news content providers and aren’t covering the most successful and dominant club effectively.
After the Gers dismantled Celtic 4-1 at Ibrox this afternoon the broadcaster’s shoddy coverage of the match via Sportscene caught the attention of supporters after the game.
The match was analysed by ex-Rangers players Stephen Thompson and Richard Foster whilst Michael Stewart – another controversial figure who is not welcome at Ibrox – joined them.
Whilst there was nothing specifically untoward regarding the coverage fans felt that the BBC didn’t do enough to praise the Gers, moved on quickly from the match and even ignored important moments from the game.
This included analysis of the club’s third and fourth goals; the third a stunning team effort nodded in by Kemar Roofe and the fourth a legendary first Old Firm goal for Jermain Defoe, a player whose profile is higher than the three players analysing the match in the studio combined.
This is the flagship highlights show for the nation’s game playing down the biggest match on the calendar and failing to properly recognise Rangers’ biggest Old Firm win for approximately two decades.
This was all before they included a montage of has-been Celtic captain Scott Brown scoring goals against Rangers from years ago.
Gers fans took to Twitter to call out the coverage as once again license fee-paying supporters are given short shrift because of the ongoing clash:
Sportcene ‘analysis’ was amazing there ‘Celtic, Celtic , Celtic, Scott Brown’ then ‘ok, now to the relegation battle’ 😄
— Tags (@tagsbo) May 2, 2021
Btw, that Sportscene ‘analysis’ is embarrassing but don’t forget that said approach comes from the very top at Pacific Quay. They should never be welcomed back – we don’t need them and they clearly believe they are above their obligations.
— FF (@Follow_Follow_) May 2, 2021
That was an extremely embarrassing ‘ analysis ‘ even by Sportscene standards. https://t.co/mciNKUAF2l
— TM no trade mark ™ (@TomCommentator) May 2, 2021
Sportscene don’t discuss the last two Rangers goals but have time to show clips of Scott Brown years ago hahaha no bother @BBCSportScot
— Robyn (@_Robynnnx) May 2, 2021
Sportscene is genuinely hilarious. I mean fair play to them, they’re not even pretending to have any interest in analysing from Rangers’ perspective.
— Garry Carmody (@GarryCarmody) May 2, 2021
Sportscene analysis 😂😂😂😂 brilliant. Again, it’s like Celtic TV. Lovely stuff 😂🇬🇧
— FH6264 (@Franco6264) May 2, 2021
Sportscene for a wee dunt of their pain
— 🇬🇧 Scottie 🇹🇭 (@ksc4273) May 2, 2021
That sportscene analysis tonight after their team got beat 4 -1 was an eye opener for any Rangers fan who hasn't tuned in all season….here we go 10 in a row 🏆🏆🏆🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
— cranhillbear98 (@Jamiek1998James) May 2, 2021
That has to be the worst analysis I have ever seen Sportscene has hit a new low 😲
— The Rangers Rabble Podcast (@RangersRabble) May 2, 2021
Just watched Sportscene.
Had a wee tear in my eye for their little video about Scott Brown. 😢
Won’t be the same without nutmegging him in every game.
— Douglas Park (@douglaspark92) May 2, 2021
Sportscene for some establishment sevcoing 😁
— Swigalot (@swigalot) May 2, 2021
Rangers have been the subject of much vexatious coverage from certain outlets and journalists over the years and are taking a new approach with inappropriate comment.
The newspapers and news outlets might not like it, but unless they change tact then it’s unlikely to change with supporters fully behind the club’s new approach.