BRENDAN RODGERS believes red-carded Ross County villain Andrew Davies was trying to make a name for himself with his brutal assault on Scott Brown.

The Dingwall skipper was dismissed for a deliberate stamp on the Hoops midfielder in the first-half as the champions strolled to a 3-0 victory over the rock-bottom Highlanders.

Rodgers insisted the team’s inspirational leader is being targeted by the opposition  and Davies followed Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove who also went in recklessly on Brown and was ordered off at Pittodrie last month.

The Parkhead gaffer said: “There is no doubt the challenge on Scott was disgraceful.

“We’ve seen a lot of challenges with question marks over them, but that was one of the worst I’ve seen since I’ve been up here.

“There’s no intent to play the ball. It was a really dangerous challenge – and only someone of Scott’s toughness and robustness could get up and play on.

“He’s aggressive, of course, but he’s fair and he’s honest. He’s a guy who plays with an authority and an aggression. But it’s always controlled because we want to have 11 players on the pitch.

“There are one or two maybe trying to make a name for themselves by trying to put those sort of tackles in.

“But Scott’s unique – he’s absolutely brilliant for us. He eventually got up, got on with the game and controlled it for us.”

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