Rangers TV pundit Clive Tyldesley has opened up on his season covering the Light Blues for the club’s in-house TV and admitted that his time in Glasgow has made him a better broadcaster as well as giving him a much better insight into how important football is in Scotland [The Scotsman].
The commentary legend was part of a star-studded Rangers TV team as the club pushed the boat out with fans stuck watching at home, sharing commentary duties with Tom Miller over the course of the campaign.
Tyldesley has never done club TV before, and confessed that his knowledge of Scottish football was virtually non-existent when he accepted the gig, having to learn about the Premiership sides “pretty much from scratch.”
“I hadn’t done anything like it before but right away I was impressed by the professional nature of how Rangers covered their own games and it became very obvious to me that the club, and Celtic too, are far more reliant and therefore respectful of the fans who come through the turnstiles compared with England because of the great gulf in TV revenue between the countries,” he said.
“I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy it. Partly that was of how well Rangers played during the season and I came to appreciate the importance of football to a city like Glasgow and Scotland as a whole.
“Gordon Sherry (ex-Amateur Championship winner) was my golfing partner when I got the chance to play Loch Lomond for the first time.
“He’s a Killie fan and referred to Rangers and Celtic as the twisted sisters right through the round! There were similar encounters like that during the season and I learned more about Scottish football and the big part it still plays in the psyche and culture of the nation.
“I had to learn about the opposition teams pretty much from scratch.
“There were some where I didn’t know a single player and they could have been from Azerbaijan as far as I was concerned.
“But when I researched them, as I always do, their media departments seemed touched that I’d bothered. And I found out that some opposition fans subscribed to the Rangers service for the afternoon and enjoyed my take on the games.
“I honestly believe this gig has made me a better broadcaster.”
Tyldesley will be part of ITV’s coverage for Euro 2020 alongside Rangers legend Ally McCoist but it isn’t clear whether he’ll be returning to Ibrox next season as part of the club’s Rangers TV offering.
With there likely to be some level of reliance on streams for fans again next season, hopefully, the club maintains the high standards set in 2020/21 on Rangers TV.