Rangers on BBC ALBA

Presenter Calum Macaulay interviewing Rangers' Chief Executive Charles Green.
Presenter Calum Macaulay interviewing Rangers' Chief Executive Charles Green.

BBC ALBA played host to newco. Rangers last Sunday as they took to the pitch against Brechin City, winning 2-1 in extra time.

Thousands of Rangers fans attended the match, but the exact figures for those who tuned into the Gaelic language channel are not yet known.

It may have been a surreal moment for many fans, it’s probably been a while since a football ended up in the hedge at a Rangers match, but for BBC ALBA it has most likely introduced a whole new audience to their sport coverage.

Speaking after the game on Sunday a BBC ALBA spokesperson said: “An indication of the impact of Sunday’s match on BBC ALBA TV and iplayer viewing figures will be available in due course bit it is clear from informal feedback that there was extraordinary interest in this match and BBC ALBA looks forward to broadcasting further SFL and SPL matches in the future.

“Spots is an important part of BBC ALBA’s programming and has been extremely well-received by both Gaelic speaking and non-Gaelic speaking audiences.”

Derick Mackay, who grew up on Lewis, was commenting on the match with analysis from Alex O’Henley and presenter Calum Macaulay was pitch side.