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Sky Sports pundits forced to evacuate studio as Rangers fans celebrate

Sky Sports pundits forced to evacuate studio as Rangers fans celebrate unbeaten season and lifting the Scottish Premiership trophy.

The fanbase caused a safety breach with the punditry team having to move to a safer spot in the stands when supporters started climbing up the walls of Ibrox.

Celebrations began long before the game outside the stadium, despite police asking for the thousands that turned up to go back home.

As Rangers stormed to a 4-0 win, the crowds only got bigger, clearly no one was stopping players from celebrating as the same time as the team, wanting to be as close to them as possible.

The win also rounded off on Invincible league season for Gers, an extra cause for a wild party after fans had camped outside Ibrox since early Saturday morning, setting off smoke bombs and flares and waving giant flags.

Sky’s TV team of Eilidh Barbour, Ally McCoist and Kris Boyd were covering the game and as the celebrations reached new levels both inside and outside the stadium, the presenter revealed they had to leave their position and set up an impromptu studio in the stands at Ibrox.

Barbour said: “We’ve had to move from our studio due to a bit of a safety breach at the stadium here.

“Fans outside are starting to come up on the wall so we have moved.

“But I do still have Kris Boyd and Ally McCoist with me. I am not letting them get out here and enjoy the party which is going on out there on the pitch.”

Barbour then asked Rangers legend McCoist how he felt watching the celebrations unfold.

McCoist was Rangers manager back in 2012 when the club was relegated to the fourth tier of Scottish football.

He remained in charge at the club until 2014 and admitted it was an emotional day for him as he remembered all that’s happened in nine years – including unprecedented success for Old Firm rivals Celtic across the city.

The former striker said that some of his signings wouldn’t have been “anywhere near” Ibrox under normal circumstances.

When asked if he was feeling emotional, McCoist told Sky Sports: “It is, Eilidh. My first thoughts are with the supporters who have been fantastic throughout administration and liquidation, their support for the club has been monumental.

“I’m also thinking of guys like Sandy Jardine who are no longer with us.

“He used to come into the office, we would chew the fat and have a right good moan about everything when we were going through that period.

“Some people lost their jobs through that time.

“Some players who came and played in the third division, second division, to be honest with you they would never be anywhere near Ibrox, but I’m forever grateful to those guys who helped us on this journey which has culminated in Steven and the boys doing a fantastic job this season.

“It’s a wonderful achievement and it is emotional, yes it is.”

A Kemar Roofe double and Jermain Defoe strike saw Rangers secure 102 points in an 38-game Scottish Premiership season, 25 points ahead of former champions Celtic.

Steven Gerrard revealed the Rangers board have already promised to back him after admitting their historic title win must be the launchpad for more success.

Gerrard said: “I’ve had some really interesting meetings with the board and they’re with me, they’ll back me and we’ll go again and try and build on this success.

“This is a club where you can’t stand still. It’s about the future and what’s next. This has to be the launchpad.

“It’s my job to make little tweaks, find the little malfunctions that we need to iron out. We’re short in certain areas.

“When I grew up as a young kid I thought it was one club for life. I came through at Liverpool and had my career there which I’m immensely proud of.

“I came up here with my eyes wide open to learn about the club. I had a good idea from the outside but this has grabbed me – it’s a club like very few in the world.

“There’s a lot of similarities to Liverpool and now this has got a special place in my heart. I’m happy here.

“I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices family-wise but I want more – this has given me a taste for more and I’m more determined to build on it.

“It feels good and it’s been a while since I’ve had the smell of champagne and because it’s been so long I’m actually enjoying it.”

Gerrard added: “I have to pay my respects to the people who helped get it to the point where I took it and then it was about having a vision and getting the right people in the right places.

“I needed the right support from the board and then fighting for it and that’s what we’ve done – fought every day for three years to get to this point.

“I’m so proud of the boys and all the staff. But the main thing is the supporters – I was asked to come at a real difficult time but it had been even more difficult before that.”

dmitted the campaign being curtailed due to Covid-19 gave the entire squad the chance to reflect on where they went wrong.

Gerrard said: “In football over the course of a season you always fall away for a reason. It’s either a dip in form on the pitch or it’s a message to yourself and your staff that you’re maybe a few players short.

“It’s then about going back into the market and making sure your recruitment’s right. At times we’ve been to heavily reliant on Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe.

“Bringing Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten in, keeping Ryan Kent when there was some real serious interest was big from this board so we definitely got the last transfer window right.

“And then it’s about using the hurt and set-backs to drive you on more and the way the season was curtailed last season gave us the chance to reset individually and collectively.

“From the first day of pre-season those guys have given me everything and more.

“I’m my own worst critic. It was the same when I played. I’m a deep thinker and sometimes I’m too harsh on myself but that’s in me, that’s in my DNA.

“I looked at myself first and foremost and what I could do. Did I need to work more hours? Did I need to be up here more?

“I was the first person who needed to look in the mirror and then the staff and the senior players in the group.

“In this game when it doesn’t happen or you fall away or there’s a set back, it’s not the right thing to do to leave yourself out so the buck stops with me if we fall away or haven’t done well enough in the cups.”

Twitter users reacted with Sky Sports pundits forced to evacuate studio as Rangers fans celebrate…

@chembhoy1969: Ally WDDWA then walked

@MurphyTweeets: McCoist took them for mugs now he’s pretending he’s one of them

@PaulMcG1994: Just idiotic at this point

@chriscurrie67: again ⁦@policescotland⁩ ⁦@ScotGovFM⁩ ⁦@ScotGovJustice⁩ turn a blind eye to law breaking from the Ibrox hordes.. and just as Glasgow stats in level 3.. SHAMEFUL 😳

@tim_declan: Lol the zombies are in full flow now 😂

@MurphyTweeets: Vermin

@Super6Legend1: 🤣🤣🤣🤣 these people are broken hahaha

@MStrachanCFC: Absolute cring. Wee club levels

@PearsiSido: The excitement of junior’s first ever trophy. Bless.

@rockthekasbah88: Fck up 🥳🇬🇧

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