Rangers complain over 'tasteless' montage

Ally McCoist in the dugout on Wednesday Ally McCoist is said to be 'angry and disgusted' at his treatment

Rangers Football Club has complained to BBC Scotland about its depiction of Ally McCoist in the opening sequence to Wednesday's Sportscene.

Rangers have criticised what they describe as the 'tasteless' animation, which appeared to show McCoist, the club's manager, plummeting to the ground in a scene reminiscent of the title sequence to US drama Mad Men.

The scenes preceded live BBC One Scotland coverage of Rangers' Scottish League Cup match against Motherwell.

'The Light Blues have been inundated with emails and phone calls from supporters who are rightly, in our opinion, furious with the way the programme began,' said Rangers in a statement.

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'It started with an animated montage which depicted a Rangers official, clearly manager Ally McCoist, falling from an office window at Ibrox and smashing a club crest.'

'Well intentioned'

The BBC has denied a deliberate affront, explaining that it was 'a creative attempt' to set up the footballing clash.

'We accept that the creative animation - however well intentioned - may not have appealed to everyone but we would like to stress that there was absolutely no intention to cause any offence,' BBC Scotland said. 'We absolutely reject, however, any suggestions that we have an anti-Rangers bias.'

The club - which also criticised Radio Scotland's Off the Ball for its debate about McCoist called 'Super Ally or Fat Sally' - claimed the manager was 'both angry and disgusted' at his treatment by the BBC.

Rangers - a Scottish footballing powerhouse for 140 years - went into administration at the end of last season. They were bought by a consortium and have secured a place in the third division of the Scottish Football League this season.

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