Neil Lennon taking legal advice after Rangers denied him access to Ibrox saying he was security risk
FORMER Celtic boss Neil Lennon is believed to be taking legal advice after being denied access to Ibrox.
The Hoops legend and former Parkhead striker Chris Sutton have been both told by Rangers they couldn’t attend tonight’s Europa League match against Lyon.
Ibrox chiefs educated BT Sport that they will not assure their security.
It’s understood that Lennon is taking legal advice over doable compensation for lack of earnings due to Rangers’ choice.
Lennon and Sutton had been requested by BT Sport to be their analysts for the 5.45pm kick-off between Real Betis and Celtic in Seville from a Winnebago exterior the stadium after which do the an equivalent as quickly as additional from an open studio inside Ibrox – a 40-yard stroll away – for the 8pm kick-off.
However, Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson educated BT that the membership couldn’t be sure the pair’s security at such transient uncover and that, in consequence, they will not be admitted contained in the underside.
BT had adopted their widespread protocol by contacting UEFA and Rangers with the names of those which may be working for them on Wednesday. That led to textual content material materials messages later that evening, which resulted all through the membership rejecting BT’s request for accreditation for Lennon and Sutton.
Former Rangers stars Ally McCoist, Neil McCann, Derek McInnes and Kris Boyd have broadcast from Parkhead at present with none such components.
McCoist and former captain David Weir have been drafted in to substitute them for the Rangers match, whereas the Celtic recreation will now be coated from BT’s studio in London.
Sutton, for his half, attacked the membership’s response on social media.
A BT spokesperson talked about: “We had hoped that Darrell Currie and the employees would have the possibility to current the protection of each the Celtic and Rangers UEFA Europa League video video video games keep from Ibrox this evening time, as now we’ve now carried out beforehand.
“Rangers have since raised security factors and so now we’ve now had to change our plans.
“This evening Paul Dempsey will now present our UEFA Europa League coverage of Real Betis v Celtic alongside Stiliyan Petrov live from the BT Sport Studio in Stratford. Darrell Currie, Ally McCoist and David Weir will present Rangers v Lyon live from Ibrox.”
Rangers insist they’ve fulfilled all obligations inside the course of UEFA.
They talked about: “We have complied with all UEFA contractual obligations to facilitate BT as host broadcaster. Any conjecture or speculation is both inaccurate and unhelpful.”