By Kieran Maguire

9th Nov, 2021 | 10:32am

Kieran Maguire: Celtic fans will be 'furious' as £125m deal comes under fire

Celtic fans will be “furious” that Sky Sports appears to be retaining the rights to Scottish football without any real interest in the product.

So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest controversy surrounding the SPFL TV deal.

The current broadcast contract was signed with Sky in 2018 and is worth a reported £25million per season over five years.

But, as per the Daily Mail on 1 November, there is concern among industry experts that Sky may simply be ‘warehousing’ the rights.

The accusations that Sky is retaining the rights to stop a competitor from acquiring them came after several high-profile fixtures were not broadcast.

They included Celtic’s 3-1 victory over Aberdeen on 27 October and 0-0 draw with Livingston three days later.

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Maguire understands supporters’ frustrations but claimed that Sky’s approach is not at all unexpected.

“Historically, the rights have been shared between different parties,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Sky does now have a monopoly, which allows them to dictate terms. The Scottish Premiership would argue that it was the best deal on the table.

“When you accept a monopoly offer, you’ve got to accept the demands of the TV company.

“You can understand why some fans, from Celtic and other clubs, would be furious when matches that should be broadcast aren’t being shown.

“Hopefully, over the course of the season, that will even itself out. For Celtic, the figures are always bigger than other clubs.

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