Authorities must take action after flashpoint in Celtic win v Ross County
The authorities in Scottish football will have to introduce a deterrent to stop dangerous challenges in the light of some awful ‘tackles’ on Celtic captain Scott Brown.
The Hoops skipper seems to have drawn the ire of some opposition players, who in at least two matches have launched into completely inappropriate challenges on the 32-year-old.
Firstly, Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove was sent-off for a knee-high challenge on Brown in the Hoops’ 2-0 win at Pittodrie in February.
Most recently, Ross County’s Andrew Davies was dismissed for a stamp on Brown which could have left the Hoops captain with a very serious injury.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was furious with Davies’ challenge, claiming that it was one he has seen since he has been Hoops boss, as reported by BBC Sport.
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Brown may be a larger than life personality but it is quite odd that he seems to be the victim of some truly dreadful challenges in recent weeks.
The Scottish FA must seriously consider increasingly the length of suspension that a player gets for violent conduct, in an attempt to rid the game of these terrible challenges.
At the moment it’s a three match ban, but if it was increased to five matches for example, it would begin to eradicate those types of tackles from the game in Scotland.
Brown won’t like the fuss that has been made of the challenges on him, but the sooner they are outlawed in Scottish football the better and it would improve the game as a spectacle.
Brown has been a mainstay of Scottish football – he has made 46 appearances this season – for years, this can’t be stopped because of poor challenges.
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