Celtic captain Scott Brown has “let everyone down” after he was sent off in the 2-2 draw with Livingston.
That is the view of Parkhead legend Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 35-year-old’s “embarrassing” substitute appearance on Wednesday night.
Brown received a straight red just five minutes after coming on following an altercation with Livingston attacker Jaze Kabia.
The long-serving Hoops captain has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season but has not started a league game since 6 December.
He will now serve a suspension of at least two games, which rules him out of Scottish Premiership fixtures against Hamilton and St Mirren.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the incident, McAvennie said:
“Listen, he lifted his arm and gave the referee an excuse to send him off.
“I thought it was a very soft red but that is what happens when your luck is going against you. At the moment, everything is going against Celtic so I was not surprised to see him get sent off.
“It was out of frustration. Lenny put him on with 10 minutes to go which is embarrassing for Scott Brown. He probably had a lot of anger and he took it out on the boy.
“He will regret it now because he has let everyone down again. I understand the frustration though, he’s not been playing and then he comes on right at the end.
“The boy was nipping at his ankles and he has turned on him. It is a shame.”