The tide of Scottish football has well and truly turned after Andy Walker followed Michael Stewart into the broadcasting bad books.
Stewart was of course barred from Ibrox and the BBC for broadcast match work (and others) after his diabolical ‘reasoning’ over the Kudela/Kamara incident, and now Walker’s (understandable) tirade at the Celtic board over the Dubai PR disaster has seen him axed from their ground, as well as already being banned from Ibrox.
Eagle-eyed punters will have noticed it was James McFadden alongside Ally McCoist for the recent Old Firm win in Govan, whereas previously Walker would have been guaranteed a place for Sky’s coverage.
But the former Celtic striker was nowhere to be seen, while Kris Boyd’s own ‘ban’ from Sky after Celtic fans got angry with his ‘trolling’ was given a total reprieve and restored to Sky’s match day setup.
Meanwhile Stewart’s rant about Kamara saw the BBC axe him along with Rangers banning him from Ibrox.
In short, all these anti-Rangers pundits are being axed out, following years of a media which towed the line towards Parkhead.
Peter Lawwell’s exit is a major catalyst, the former CE of Celtic having his influence and fingers in many pies to say the least, but Rangers’ own chiefs are now taking his place, and exerting our pressure for a much more even playing field.
It was never about us wanting a bluenose media, and 100% sympathetic to Rangers – it was about a fair and impartial environment in which no one club had an unduly strong influence and dictated the media.
And that’s happening more and more.
(Notice there’s been no Davie Provan either…)