Sportscene has always been a tough watch. The Scottish football highlight show doesn’t exactly have the best production, but what we’re noticing more in more is a skewed panel when it comes to having impartiality.
Usually, the BBC try to be so impartial they will actually allow people on their programmes to spread lies just to be a counterbalance to someone else.
The noise surrounding every Celtic victory at the moment is quite something and the dissection of Celtic’s goals and chat or if they deserved their win or not has been taken to a whole new level. Since the Hoops hit the top of the league, it’s been a common theme.
So imagine my shock and surprise when I turned on my TV Sunday night and found ex-Rangers striker Steven Thompson discussing Celtic’s game against Livingston with ex-Rangers striker Kenny Miller and ex-Rangers defender Richard Foster.
You could be pedantic and make the claim Kenny Miller also played for Celtic, but Kenny is a self-admitted fan of the Ibrox club.
Where’s the balance in this panel?
Celtic’s goals were discussed in-depth, while a blatant red card for Livingston wasn’t even shown in the highlight package of the game, let alone discussed.
The panel can change, and when the likes of Michael Stewart and James McFadden is on, not only is the show better for it, but we get a lot better insights and opinions from people without a dog in the fight – consciously or unconsciously.
I’d expect a better attempt at trying to bring as many voices as possible to the discussion. Given BBC Sportsound also regularly bring on ex-Ibrox players to come on their show, whoever is booking Scottish football for the BBC has a lot of friends on one side of the aisle.
This isn’t an attempt at moon howling, it’s to highlight the imbalance and asking for our state broadcaster to do better.