CHARLIE NICHOLAS has branded the conduct of Rangers over the Chris Sutton-Neil Lennon row as “an absolute embarrassment”.

The former Celtic and Scotland star accused the Ibrox club as behaving like “spoiled little brats” after refusing the former Hoops pair entry to the stadium on Thursday before their Europa League group 2-0 loss against Lyon.

Sutton and Lennon were turned away at the entrance with the club claiming they took the action amid “security fears”.

The one-time Parkhead team-mates had been lined up as BT Sport pundits for the double-header of Real Betis v Celtic, with a 5.45pm kick-off in Seville, and Steven Gerrard’s side’s 8pm start against the French cracks.

Gers Managing Director Stewart Robertson told the satellite giants the club could not ensure the duo’s safety at such short notice.

HUMBLE…Steven Gerrard made the claim Rangers wouldn’t lose their focus after last season’s title win.

Nicholas slammed: “Steven Gerrard said when Rangers won the Premiership title last season his club would stay humble.

“Well, they’ve failed. There’s not one single ounce of humility in that Ibrox boardroom right now.

“Everything coming out of the club seems to involve getting into arguments with other factions of the Scottish game.

“Rangers are coming across like spoiled little brats and their behaviour has been an absolute embarrassment.

“Last week, ex-Celtic men Neil Lennon and Chris Sutton were denied the chance to broadcast from inside Ibrox because the BT Sports pundits were deemed a ‘security risk’.”

The Ibrox side are also embroiled in a long-running dispute with SPFL bosses over their sponsorship with car sales company cinch.

Nicholas, writing in his Daily Express column, added; “If Rangers want to fight everybody, then every other club should band together and confront them.

BANNED…Chris Sutton was not allowed into Ibrox for his BT Sports media stint.

BANNED…former Celtic players and manager Neil Lennon was turned away.

“If Rangers are still holding grudges over the way they were ditched into the lower leagues – which was unfair – then their mindset is just the same as the embittered club who had to climb back from the bottom division nine years ago.

“If Rangers can’t move on, then Scottish football can’t progress. It’s as if they don’t want to make our game better, but are more than happy to insist the authorities have sold it short.

“In an ideal world, all clubs should be getting together so we can move our product forward and make it a bit more interesting for everyone.

“But the reality is, if Rangers want to be Scottish football renegades then every other club should face up to the bullies.

“The others have a right to protect themselves and to show that Rangers have got things badly wrong.

“If it means stopping financial payments from the SPFL or withholding money from UEFA then that is what has to be done.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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