Thursday 19 October 2017

Brown set to miss Old Firm clashes

Ross County 2 Celtic 2

Celtic's Patrick Roberts (centre) scores his sides second goal. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire.
Celtic's Patrick Roberts (centre) scores his sides second goal. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire.

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Celtic skipper Scott Brown faces a suspension for their Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers after being sent off in added time against Ross County.

Brown was shown a straight red card for a wild challenge on Liam Boyce, who had converted a controversial penalty moments earlier to consign Celtic to a third draw in six Scottish Premiership games.

Celtic's Scott Sinclair and Ross County's Liam Boyce (right) battle for the ball. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Celtic's Scott Sinclair and Ross County's Liam Boyce (right) battle for the ball. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

The midfielder will also miss a league game against Rangers unless Celtic successfully appeal against referee Don Robertson's decision, which seems highly unlikely.

Robertson had infuriated Celtic by awarding a penalty when Alex Schalk got in front of Erik Sviatchenko to meet Michael Gardyne's pass and dived without any contact just inside the box.

Gardyne had earlier cancelled out Kieran Tierney's 25-yard opener but substitute Patrick Roberts put Celtic back in front following a great piece of skill.

Celtic were missing defenders Mikael Lustig and Dedryck Boyata and manager Brendan Rodgers lined up with a three-man central defence featuring Tierney with James Forrest and Callum McGregor in the wing-back roles.

Ross County's Marcus Fraser (left) and Celtic's Stuart Armstrong in action. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Ross County's Marcus Fraser (left) and Celtic's Stuart Armstrong in action. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic started for the first time since returning from injury with the latter doing so for the first time in 2017.

 

Celtic's Scott Brown (left) and Ross County's Ryan Dow (right) in action. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Celtic's Scott Brown (left) and Ross County's Ryan Dow (right) in action. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Celtic's Scott Brown and Ross County's Ryan Dow (right) struggle for posession. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Celtic's Scott Brown and Ross County's Ryan Dow (right) struggle for posession. Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

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