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FLASHPOINT: DEFENDER FACES BAN

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JON FLANAGAN is likely to discover today if he is to cop retrospective punishment from the SFA for his elbow assault on Scott Brown during the champions’ loss on Sunday, as CQN mentioned in the match report.

The Ibrox defender was caught on camera firing his arm into his opponent’s face during a flashpoint incident as the players lined up for a right-wing corner-kick six minutes after the turnaround.

Callum McGregor had yet to put the ball into play when Flanagan clearly clattered the Celtic captain.

Referee Kevin Clancy flashed a yellow card, but SFA compliance officer Clare Whyte has been looking at the action and could take retrospective action, according to the Sun.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon was raging at the match official and insisted: “It’s a red card. Again.”

Brown added: “Another one to the face. He (Clancy) said it was a yellow because it didn’t hit me in the face.”

The Parkhead skipper has been in the wars against Steven Gerrard’s team in the past two derbies with interim gaffer Lennon he has been targeted by the opponents.

Alfredo Morelos was dismissed for a similar assault on Brown during the Hoops’ 2-1 win in March when Bobby Madden was in charge.

Ryan Kent punched the midfielder on the jaw in the immediate aftermath of James Forrest’s winning goal and, although the culprit escaped immediate punishment, he was banned after the incident was reviewed by the SFA.

Defender Andy Halliday also picked up a second yellow card following a rammy concerning the Hoops onfield leader after the final whistle.

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