Dundee United pitch invasion leaves BBC team scrambling for the stands as title party chaos spills over on air

A Dundee United fan pitch invasion following their Championship title victory saw the BBC punditry team forced into the stands amid wild celebrations after the goalless draw with Airdrie.

Although they went into the game six points clear of second placed Raith Rovers, the Tangerines mathematically sealed their return to the Scottish Premiership with one game still to play thanks to the stalemate at the Excelsior Stadium. At the full-time whistle the visiting support in North Lanarkshire flooded on to the pitch during the game that was being beamed across the country on BBC Scotland.

After initially celebrating with the players in the centre of the field, the celebration moved closer to the tunnel and the home stand - before some sections of the travelling support were seen scaling the crossbar and attempting to climb on the nets as security ushered the fans back into the stands. The United fans then crashed the live Sportscene feed.

Jonathan Sutherland was leading a panel with former United man Billy Dodds and Leanne Crichton. As a group of fans approached the panel Sutherland could be heard saying: "They are gathering around us..."

His audio would then cut out before the camera cut to the BBC team in the stand while the punters celebrated in front of the cameras - that were not showing live footage. Dodds said: "Well, it was more than a few! They weren't even on the tele, that was the big thing. "

Sutherland led into Crichton stating that United enjoyed their moment. Former Scotland and Glasgow City star Crichton said: "They do. They absolutely deserve it, as do the fans.

"They are probably enjoying it a bit more from they need to with the TV cameras here if I'm honest. We hoped we would hear from the Airdrie manager Rhys McCabe to give us a breather." Dodds could be heard in the background stating: "It wasn't nice. That wasn't nice."