BBC pundit: Rangers fans will be furious after this baffling Celtic decision
By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit and former Rangers striker Steven Thompson has shared that the Ibrox crowd will be “furious” after the “baffling” decision to overturn Celtic midfielder Scott Brown’s red card.
The Hoops announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon that Brown had seen his red card in the 2-2 draw with Ross County earlier this month reduced to a caution, meaning he will be available to take on the Gers on Saturday afternoon.
The 31-year-old was set to miss last weekend’s semi-final clash against Rangers after receiving the straight red, but after Celtic appealed the experienced midfielder was available to feature in the 2-0 win for his side.
Now, he will be allowed to appear in the Old Firm derby once again this weekend when the two teams meet at Ibrox and Thompson has told how Rangers fans will be angered by the decision made by the powers in charge.
“It’s a red card. I thought it was unimpeachable at the time,” started Thompson speaking on BBC Sport Scotland on Friday afternoon.
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“I thought it was fairly easy to decide upon. It wasn’t as if it was one of those ones where you’re going ‘is it, isn’t it.’ It was a definite red card and I cannot believe that it’s been turned around.
“I honestly can’t. It’s a baffling decision and to be a bit cynical about it, you wonder whether or not they’ve looked at Andy Halliday’s tackle at the start of last week’s match that was unpunished in terms of a red, he got a yellow. Whether they’ve looked at the penalty decision for Ross County up in Dingwall.
“I’m not trying to say they’re corrupt in any way shape or form, but for me it just stinks a bit because it was a red card.
“Andy Hallidays was worse, but both were red cards and I don’t know anybody who came out and said otherwise. I think even Brendan Rodgers came out and said after the match and he kind of alluded to the fact that he thought it was a red so, anyway regardless of the fact. He’s fit to play and it’s incredible. Much to the fury of probably every Rangers fan out there, because he had such a pivotal role last weekend.”
Brown is highly pivotal for Celtic and has led the team as captain in 30 of their 33 unbeaten Premiership matches this season.
He was also one of the standout stars for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they achieved their win over Rangers last weekend and fans of the Ibrox giants will have been eager to see him sit out of the weekend’s encounter.
In other Rangers news, Brendan Rodgers has slammed the quality on show after Celtic’s Under-17s win against the Gers.