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Sky Scotland’s Response To Celtic Fan Complaints Over Boyd Is Woeful And Insulting.

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Well done to The Celtic Star, who today published one of the stock replies which Sky Sports Scotland are sending out to our fans, who have written to them to complain about the toxic presence in the analyst’s box of Kris Boyd.

It is a woeful response.

It’s also patronising and insulting … but revealing about the stupid mentality which lies at the heart of so much football punditry; the idea that the former player has some special knowledge denied to the rest of us.

With certain players that might be true, but there’s a reason the vast majority of former pros don’t go on to broadcast journalism.

It’s worth picking through the reply one line at a time; the fan letter which prompted it can be read over on The Celtic Star and I recommend everyone go and check it out as well as their statement on it. It is far more worthy than the response it got.

“Thank you for your email to Sky Sports.

Sky use former players to provide that unique perspective only someone who has played the professional game can provide.

And there it is, right from the off, that discredited nonsense that former players are somehow more worth listening to than other analysts; the trouble with it is that it assumes that all former footballers are created equal, even those who needed their instructions written in crayon and explained to them 100 times.

Anyone who thinks that Boyd played the game with an ounce of tactical knowledge or understood any of that stuff never watched him and has certainly never listened to him. The man is a complete fool. He embarrasses idiots.

Putting Boyd on the telly proves the old adage that the complete works of Shakespeare are only a collection of random words put in order; in short, it looks so simple that it can give off the mistaken impression that anyone can do it. But the average guy in the pub is more knowledgeable about the game than this clown.

I am going to split the next paragraph in two, because both of the contentions in it need to tackled separately. Whilst the first is moronic the second is shameful.

At times this may mean some of their past allegiances become clear.

At times, yes.

But I’ve watched some of the former English players, and the likes of Carragher and Neville and Owen can be professional and if you switched on one of their games on an average week you wouldn’t even know they had past allegiances.

These guys are professionals in every aspect.

They do not grunt and gurn and sneer, or sit with their faces tripping them when their own team doesn’t win, or worse when ours does. Boyd’s “allegiances” are always clear.

He is nakedly partisan and shockingly biased. Everyone knows this full well.

We’re happy this is the case as long as all comments remain good natured and we’re confident that is the case here.

A despicable assertion. How in God’s name did the writer of that come to such a ludicrous conclusion? Not by any stretch of the imagination were those “good natured” comments; they were disgusting. Boyd apologised to McGregor. Celtic was outraged. Some in the commentariat were disgusted, although most of them kept their heads down.

Additionally, Sky are not in control of any comments individuals choose to make outside of our platforms, and unless we believe any codes of conduct have been broken, we have no reason to act.

The worst excuse there is. Are they actually trying to say that if Boyd had written something openly sectarian that they would have gutted it out and kept him on the air?

Are we to presume he can say and do whatever he likes elsewhere as long as he doesn’t do it on their airtime?

That is gutless and it is pathetic and I also happen to think it’s manifestly false.

My old man keeps reminding me that Jeff Sterling chucked it last year, he said out of loyalty to his sacked friends; they included the excellent Phil Thompson who had a million percent more about him than Boyd.

I suspect he was also pretty appalled by the rock bottom quality of the people Sky brought in to replace them … Boyd being amongst them.

In short, Sterling’s own sense of professionalism was offended by the gathering of goons Sky is assembling in place of those who knew what they were doing but quite possibly commanded too much money.

Boyd doubtless works much cheaper … but that proves another adage; when you pay peanuts you’ll get monkeys.

Except that’s an insult to primates.

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9 comments

  • Tony taylor says:

    No one should watch the build up.and turn sky on the match starts

  • Jim says:

    Jeff Stelling……..not Sterling.

  • Sean says:

    I do take there point about ex players, cos they have played the game, and no what goes on in changing rooms etc, they know what happens in team talks. I like the fact they employ ex players, that I do agree with. A suppose if calum has accepted the apology, then we move on. But in future, he will need to watch his wording, as it can come across to certain individuals of being untoward.

  • SSMPM says:

    Sky don’t give a toss for Celtic or our supporters. Blob is paid to be there for a reason – to noise us up and I have no doubt they laugh at Celtic and our fans with him particularly when they so strongly supported and follow followed Slippy G, their English hero and his merry band of hun unionist England supporters. Celtic fans continue to pay them subscriptions and pay the Blob’s wages, fans sites complain with one breath and in the other request them to show our games. We are a divided support in so many ways, united only in our belief and hope that Ange will shut them up…for us. HH

  • John S says:

    Boycott Sky. Simples.

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    Where is your proof Boyd apologised to McGregor? I haven’t seen any!

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    I take it therefore that there is NO PROOF and that Boyd made no apology to our Captain for the comments he made regarding “Testing Out” his facemask during the Sevco match. That means that the Celtic Board did not insist on an apology from Sky TV, which means that Celtic players are fair game for out of box TV commentators comments. That then gives the green light for opposing managers to continue to tell their players to go out and get into “Celtic Players Faces” and the Celtic Board are not prepared to stand in principle by our Captain, players or team. You think back and there was a similar injury to Ryan Christie in a match against Aberdeen. The common factor in these two incidents are that both opposition teams managers are ex-Rangers / Sevco players and that they both instruct their teams to play in a particular manner when playing Celtic. When will this end?

  • Thomas Kelly says:

    We have the power, stop your Sky Subscription and when they ask you why tell them

  • Roonsa says:

    This is what they sent me on Dec 3 after I told them I was ending my contract.

    Thanks for your email to Sky Sports concerning Kris Boyd.

    I am sorry to read that you have cancelled your Sky Sports subscription.

    Sky Sports employ many ex-players to ensure both a love for, as well asa deeper working knowledge of, the game is brought to our productions.

    All of those ex-players are passionate about their former teams and sometimes this is more evident than others. It is certainly not something we discourage, and we believe the overall balance in our
    output is still very much achieved.

    Nevertheless, we appreciate you getting in touch to share your feedback and thank you for taking the time to contact us.

    Yours patronisingly

    Sky Arseholes

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