Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish
Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has advised the current Gers boss Mark Warburton to bring an end to his media stand-off with BT Sport.
The Ibrox gaffer has not been speaking to BT recently when Rangers feature on the channel. It is believed this is down to a disagreement with BT Sport commentator and pundit Chris Sutton – a former Celtic striker.
Warburton is clearly not happy with the channel but it appears McLeish feels he should make peace.
He is quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times as stating:
“As much as you didn’t want to sometimes, especially if you got a defeat, although Mark won the other night.
“You would kind of delay it and keep shouting at the players for the next 45 minutes so you wouldn’t have to do the press! But I never avoided doing the press, I think it’s your duty.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton
“Sir Alex probably done something that nobody will ever do again. You’re thinking at some stage they would be waiting to get him, but they never got him because he was too successful.
“I think though that by and large everybody has to pay respect to the guys that are writing stuff and commentating, especially when you’ve got good sponsorship and it’s part of that sponsorship to speak on your club’s behalf.”
However, since McLeish had this to say on the situation, the Rangers boss himself has confirmed he has no rift with BT Sport.
He is quoted by the Daily Record as stating:
"There is no situation with BT Sport.
"Again I'm bemused by the media. The fact is on Friday I had a couple of things I had to do. Every manager gets busy.”
Rangers’ boss has recently been in the headlines more than he would have liked. His handling of the Joey Barton situation has been in the news more often than not but on the pitch things have been going generally quite well for Warburton’s men.
Next up is Celtic, in a game that is being broadcast on BT Sports. It will be interesting to see if he does have a chat during the Old Firm clash.