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CULPRIT KENT FACES JOZO PUNISHMENT

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RYAN KENT got his sports mixed up again last night when he was red-carded in the Ibrox side’s 2-0 win over Lyon in France.

The £7million Liverpool misfit, who punched Celtic skipper Scott Brown in a cowardly off-the-ball act in the Hoops’ 2-1 win in March last year, was banished for raising his fists to the French side’s defender Marcelo.

Kent now faces a two-match suspension which would see him miss the start of the new season with games due against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday, August 1 and St Mirren in Govan the following week.

The errant winger was shown a straight red following a slap on the face of the Brazilian in the first-half to leave Steven Gerrard wondering if his player will be hammered by a ban.

WHACK…Scott Brown reels back after being punched by Ryan Kent in March last year. The Ibrox player was later banned for two games. 

Last summer, Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic was dismissed in a friendly against St Gallen in Switzerland. The Croatian centre-half, who left the champions at the end of his contract last month, was forced to sit out the two opening Premiership games in August last year, the 7-0 Flag Day triumph over St Johnstone and the 5-2 win at Motherwell.

The ex-Hoops star’s incident was included in the referee’s match report as violent conduct and the Swiss FA passed it on to their Scottish counterparts who took stringent action.

Kent and his club can expect similar treatment if the match official’s report goes along similar lines.

Ibrox No.2 Gary McAllister, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “It would be a big blow if Ryan missed domestic games as a result of the red card here.

“He’s wounded in the dressing room and he knows he made a big mistake. You just can’t lift your hands.

“He’s only two feet away from the referee and it was a bad decision.”

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