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Celtic Vs Rangers Isn't The Biggest Rivalry In Scotland, It's Chris Sutton Vs Stephen Craigan

Celtic Vs Rangers Isn't The Biggest Rivalry In Scotland, It's Chris Sutton Vs Stephen Craigan
By Mikey Traynor Updated
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Celtic and Rangers are set to meet at Hampden Park on Saturday in the Scottish Cup semi-final, but the occasion just won't be the same without two men who have done more for Scottish football this season than any big name signing brought in to raise the league's profile in recent years.

BT Sport's punditry duo of Chris Sutton and Stephen Craigan have made the prospect of watching Scottish football unquestionably more exciting with their hilarious relationship on camera.

Previously you may have kept on flicking if you spotted Aberdeen vs Kilmarnock on a Friday night, but now it's near impossible when you know that within a few minutes you'll likely see Sutton and Craigan have a cut at each other.

The two know that it makes for great TV, and yet, you sense that there is desire to piss the other man off in nearly every point they make. We've featured some of their best verbal scraps on here before, but in case you've been missing out, here's a quick compilation of the type of stuff they get up to on a typical broadcast.

It's great TV.

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With so much mundane and boring football punditry out there, here you have two men that are not afraid to get into a petty squabble liked you'd see down the pub. It's never baseless, someone is always adamant that they are in the right, and it really is a joy to watch.

Speaking to the Daily Record towards the end of 2016, Craigan was asked whether or not he actually hates Sutton, as it is the former Celtic and Chelsea striker who usually leaves these discussions the less frustrated of the two, but he clarified that there is no genuine bad blood... It's just that Sutton knows how to wind him up.

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Chris is very opinionated. He doesn’t always say the things people think he will say. Whether he agrees with everything he says I don’t know but certainly he knows how to cause a debate, cause an argument and how to get people going. He knows how to push buttons and what to say.

We are two strong characters and have our opinions and we have been encouraged to bring them out on air. Sometimes he likes to disagree to get me into an argument but whatever it is it works. Every time we go on air together we’re on our guard and ready to go.

Is there anything carried over after the show? Not normally, no. On air we’ve certainly had our moments and we’re not scared to show that.

We’re not best mates. We don’t speak three times a day. We text now and again. We didn’t come into it as friends and we probably won’t leave it as friends. We’re work colleagues and we get on and we’re fine.

It's at a point now where BT are taking the piss by pre-recording arguments.

Last week ahead of Scottish Football Extra (where most of the more random clashes take place) they sat down to have it out face to face, as opposed to side by side as they normally do.

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But really, there's nothing quite like the authentic live argument that could kick off at any moment, and that's why far more people are tuning in to BT Sport's Scottish football coverage.

It's a shame we'll miss them for the cup semi-final, but we're 100% sure they won't let the weekend pass without making their feelings known.

Keep it up guys, it's bloody entertaining to watch.

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