BT SPORT have released a statement after Celtic hero Chris Sutton was again denied access to Ibrox.

The pundit is widely reported to have been barred from the Rangers stadium and was refused access to work for BT Sport at the ground tonight.

The broadcaster then switched studio to present from an empty Celtic Park to cover both Celtic's away trip to Bayer Leverkusen and Rangers' home clash with Sparta Prague.

And at the start of the broadcast tonight, Darrell Currie addressed the studio at Parkhead by reading a BT Sport statement over the studio swap.

The BT Sport statement read: "We have a presentation team who reflect all angles and experiences in Scottish football but who were not all provided with the necessary accreditation at Ibrox today.

"We will not be forced to split a team of professionals behind and in-front of screen. 

"The only way to provide viewers with the continuity of coverage across tongith's two matches featuring Celtic and Rangers was to set up a studio elsewhere."

Currie then introduced Stiliyan Petrov and "the elephant in the room" Sutton as coverage started ahead of the Celtic match.

Sutton had hit out at rangers over his access row yesterday with a social media message.

Referencing the club's inclusivity initiative, the former striker simply tweeted: "Everyone anyone..."

A previous Rangers statement on the matter read: "We have complied with all UEFA contractual obligations to facilitate BT as host broadcaster."