Scott Brown won’t face any punishment for a seemingly accidental clash with St Johnstone star Michael O’Halloran on Sunday, according to the Scottish Sun.
The Sun has stated that the SFA held discussions over an apparent flashpoint with Saints winger O’Halloran. It was due to an apparent clash in which the Hoops star left his trailing leg out and caught his rival on the hip.
The newspaper states that the former Rangers man could miss this weekend’s game against Livingston due to an injury picked up from the incident. O’Halloran had to come off in the second half after it too.
Brown, meanwhile, continued to put in another poor display as he failed to dominate the midfield alongside Callum McGregor. Celtic’s slump increased to two wins in 12 games in all competitions.
But the Sun has reported he won’t be suspended anytime soon for his clash with O’Halloran.
Accidental and nothing to see
The SFA have come to the right decision here. There was absolutely nothing in the incident in question, and you can tell given the lack of a reaction from any of the players.
Of course, whenever it’s Brown who’s in the spotlight, that seems to attract plenty of the baying mob that is our rivals. There’s something about a Brown disciplinary hearing that just attracts hate and conspiracy theories from others.
However, there’s nothing to see here. Brown’s aggressive style of play will always bring up incidents like this, but it’s good to see the reaction from St Johnstone hasn’t been fuelled with rage over it. They clearly see some common sense here.
There were plenty of other meaty challenges which perhaps deserved stronger action during Sunday’s 1-1 draw too. The likes of Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie certainly felt the aggression of the opposition, but even so, you get on with it. We didn’t drop points because of that.
The decision on Brown means he’ll be available to face Kilmarnock at Parkhead on Sunday. That match will come after Lille travel to Scotland for Thursday night’s Europa League dead-rubber.
Whether Brown SHOULD start, however, is a topic for another day.