Scott Brown touches on Jon Flanagan elbow in Celtic defeat to Rangers

By David Walton

May 12, 2019

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has touched on the overly physical aggression he receives from Rangers.

The Hoops captain was at the centre of yet another incident at Ibrox this afternoon. In what was a damaging 2-0 loss at Rangers today, Brown was needlessly elbowed in the face by Jon Flanagan.

Referee Kevin Clancy then proceeded to book the Rangers defender. That’s despite the fact he quite clearly should’ve been red carded for the incident. It also comes just weeks after Alfredo Morelos was sent off for the same thing against Celtic, whilst Ryan Kent aimed a punch at Brown too in the previous match.

Scott Brown was elbowed by Jon Flanagan in the second-half (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

And Celtic’s on-field leader had a sly dig at Rangers for their off-ball incidents against him. Speaking on Celtic TV, Brown said the following:

“Yeah so was I to be fair (surprised it wasn’t a red card). It’s an elbow to the face but these things seem to keep happening to me all the time.

“But not to worry, it wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game that much. As I said, we didn’t deserve the victory today.

“Hearts will have watched that game and will try to play the same way. But we need to make sure we play a lot better. Hampden has been a good place for us recently, and we need to make sure we go for that again”

No doubting why we lost the game

Celtic couldn’t get near Rangers’ midfield (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Fair play to the Celtic captain here. He deserves credit for holding back his emotions, especially when he continues to be physically manhandled on a continuous basis without sufficient punishment going against him.

But Brown is spot on not to try and twist it as to blame it for the result today. There were many reasons Celtic left Ibrox with nothing, and none of them involves the Flanagan incident.

Celtic just weren’t at the races today (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic just didn’t turn up for the second time in Govan this season. Brown was at the heart of the poor display too, as he was simply overrun in the midfield alongside Callum McGregor. The Hoops will have to find a way of combatting Rangers’ midfield three of Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, and Scott Arfield next season.

But at the same time it would be nice to see Brown get more protection in this fixture. At the end of the day, this is a football match, and Brown doesn’t deserve the physical aggression he receives.

Then again, that would require a bit of common sense from the referees. So we’ll hardly bank on that either.