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Rangers boss demands apology from BBC

Rangers boss Ally McCoist is awaiting an apology before speaking to the BBC again after he alleges a clip of him smirking was inserted whilst a BBC news reporter asked questions about the behaviour of supporters at Old Firm games. The feature, taken from Rangers' pre-match media conference ahead of their Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener against Hearts, appeared on Reporting Scotland on BBC1 on Friday evening.

McCoist told reporters: "I won't speak to anyone from the BBC until I get an apology for their broadcast last Friday night which, in my opinion, was appalling.

"Having worked in television for a number of years I know exactly what went on.

"I can handle leftfield questions all day long, that wasn't the problem. It was how the whole interview was put across.

"While they asked the question, they showed a shot of me when I'd just answered another question.

"The whole thing was put together to show I had a flippant attitude towards either religious bigotry or trouble between Old Firm fans.

"As most people know, I don't have a flippant attitude towards those subjects. Far from it.

"There was a comment in the piece, after showing me smiling, when the reporter said: 'Well it might not bother Ally McCoist.'

"Well, believe me, it does bother Ally McCoist."

A BBC spokesman said: "We have received a complaint from Rangers which we are looking into."

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