Bhoys boost: Celtic key man available for semi-final clash v Rangers - report
By Danny Wright
Scott Brown will be available for Celtic’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Rangers next week, according to a report.
The Brechin Advertiser claims that the Bhoys will lodge an appeal against the key midfielder’s red card against Ross County.
Because of the Bank Holiday weekend, the Scottish Football Association will not be able to hold a hearing until April 27 – five days after the Old Firm fixture.
That will leave Brown to play in the crucial game against Rangers.
Brown was shown a straight red in the final stages of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Ross County when he cut down Liam Boyce, who had earlier levelled the score from the penalty spot.
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The red card would trigger a two-match suspension, but Celtic are set to contest it.
The Celtic captain has already lifted the Scottish League Cup when his side triumphed over the Gers earlier this season.
He is set to receive the Scottish Premiership trophy after an unbeaten domestic season meant the Bhoys secured the league in record time earlier this month.
Winning the Scottish Cup will secure a domestic treble for Brendan Rodgers in his debut campaign at Parkhead and having Brown available will be a major boost to his chances of reaching the final.
Aberdeen and second tier champions Hibernian are in the other semi-final.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has delivered a ruthless verdict on the penalty decision versus Ross County.