Time to bury BBC Scotland hatchet as Rangers settle broadcaster dispute
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Time to bury BBC Scotland hatchet as Rangers settle broadcaster dispute

Radio broadcaster Clyde One have announced that their high-profile dispute with Rangers has been settled after a week or so of tension between the two parties.

The dispute concerned comments made by one of the radio’s pundits on popular phone-in show Clyde One Superscoreboard in the aftermath of the Kemar Roofe St Johnstone challenge.

Rangers and Clyde One have come to a mutual understanding amid coverage of that Kemar Roofe challenge and both will come out better for it. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Club insider Heart & Hand [H&H Daily Update 08/02/21] revealed that it related specifically to comments made by Roger Hannah with the fan media outlet also claiming Rangers wanted to settle the dispute before continuing with the station [Twitter].

These comments are believed to be concern Kemar Roofe, with Hannah suggesting he had contributed to an injury to Saints midfielder Murray Davidson [Clyde SSB 06/02/21].

St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson would later confirm that this was categorically not the case.

Clyde announced that the situation has been resolved in a “constructive and positive manner” with the broadcaster handed back their press passes for the tie with Royal Antwerp [Clyde One].

But is it time the likes of BBC Scotland took note and worked more constructively to engage with Rangers and improve their coverage of the national game in general?

The entire situation with Clyde One proves the club are willing to work constructively with media outlets to help build more positive relationships based on facts and trust.

Rangers have been in dispute with BBC Scotland for the best part of the decade with the clash coming to a head in 2015 after the reportage of a 6-2 win over Hibs which instead focused on arrests. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

No matter what way you come at it, the BBC’s often spiteful coverage of Rangers and this rancour that exists between the club and their journalists is a bad look for everyone.

Rangers are the nation’s premier football club and when they eventually win this league title it’s verging on a national embarrassment that the national broadcaster won’t be around to cover it.

Many Rangers fans are contributing to it after all.

Rangers too are of course open to criticism and fair comment but it’s easy to see why – even now – many attached to the Gers feel the BBC’s coverage is often counterproductive and treats the Ibrox club differently.

The national broadcaster continues to have difficulties with Rangers and this is often reflected in the nature of their coverage. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

After the Gers buried the hatchet with Clyde, is it time for Rangers and those at Pacific Quay to find a way past this impasse for the betterment of the Scottish game in general?

The Head of BBC Scotland has previously described the situation as a “matter of huge regret” and you can read more about the origins of the dispute HERE.