Rangers 'had their reasons' after £150m news via BBC - Hutton
Alan Hutton has claimed the Sky TV deal “must have been improved” in order for Rangers to be happy for it to go ahead.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender said the Ibrox club “had their reasons” for rejecting the deal.
On 26 September, the BBC confirmed that the Scottish Premiership clubs have approved a £150million broadcasting deal with Sky Sports.
The deal is projected to provide Premiership clubs with £30million per season.
Rangers were against approving the deal unless the SPFL apologised for its handling of a dispute with the club over the cinch sponsorship deal and agreed to meet the legal costs incurred during arbitration.
As reported by the Daily Mail (26 September), Light Blues managing director Stewart Robertson made it clear that he did not agree with the proposal, claiming the deal undervalues Scottish football.
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SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan hailed the deal as “the largest single commercial contract in the history of Scottish league football”.
When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the news, Hutton said: “I read about it, they did go against it but they obviously had their reasons.
“They didn’t feel, financially, that it was a good enough package for the games that were being covered and so on. For them to go ahead it would need to have been improved.
“If they wanted Rangers to go along with it you’d like to think that they would have come back with some sort of improved deal.“