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EX-GER’S SWIPE AT BRENDAN

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FORMER Rangers striker Billy Dodds has launched a remarkable tirade at Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.

The ex-Ross County coach has hit out at the Irishman’s comments on Andrew Davies’ brutal stamp on Hoops skipper Scott Brown during the champions’ 3-0 win at Parkhead at the weekend.

And Dodds, who spent four years at Ibrox after being bought by Dick Advocaat in 1999 from Dundee United, also accused Rodgers of trying to influence the SFA and land the Dingwall defender a heavier punishment.

Davies is in line for a two-match ban, the standard penalty for a red card for violent conduct, after the crude assault that left Brown writhing in agony and clutching his groin.

SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan has the power to increase the suspension if he sees fit.

The sickening flashpoint has brought strong condemnation from across Scottish football with Hibs boss Neil Lennon also calling for the SFA to come down hard on the boot boys.

Rodgers described the challenge as “disgraceful” and one of the worst he’s seen since arriving in Scotland in May 2016. He also referred to Jozo Simunovic’s two-game suspension following his ordering-off at Ibrox last month and questioned what sort of ban Davies could expect.

But Dodds said: “It was a moment of madness from Davies and it was a terrible challenge, and the big man will know that.

“You would struggle to find a player who is more honest than Davies. But some of the stuff from Brendan Rodgers after the game was uncalled for.

“He mentioned how Jozo Simunovic got a two-game ban for his elbow in the Rangers (sic) game, and suggested Davies’ punishment should be worse.

“For me, he was trying to influence the disciplinary department with his comments and that didn’t sit well with me.”

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