By Danny Wright

17th Apr, 2017 | 11:18am

Key Celtic player at risk of extended spell on sidelines - report

By Danny Wright

Scott Brown will receive an extended suspension if the Scottish Football Association deem Celtic’s appeal as frivolous, according to a report.

The Daily Record reports that the SFA could slap the key Celtic midfielder with a longer spell on the sidelines if they think his club are appealing his red card simply to get him to play against Rangers this weekend.

Due to the Easter bank holiday weekend, the governing body will not be dealing with appeals until April 27 – four days after the Scottish Cup semi-final showdown with the Gers.

If the Hoops do not appeal the dismissal, their captain will be hit with an instant two-match ban.

Brown was sent off in the final stages of the Bhoys’ disappointing 2-2 draw with Ross County on Sunday.

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The 31-year-old hacked down County’s Liam Boyce just moments after he converted a controversial penalty.

Manager Brendan Rodgers was quoted by the Daily Record as saying he had no issues with the sending off: “No. Scott has gone in and caught the boy late but I’d have to see it again.

“Scott has been brilliant this season. He has never once made a challenge like that. He has been aggressive and strong.”

Celtic’s hopes of clinching a domestic treble rest on Sunday’s meeting with the Light Blues in what will be the fourth instalment of the Old Firm derby this season.

The two great rivals suffered a stalemate in their last fixture against each other as new Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha watched on from the stands.

The Portuguese boss will receive his first taste of managing the feisty all-Glasgow clash.

Unless the SFA decide Brown’s red card was incorrect, he will definitely miss the league game against Rangers at Ibrox a week later.

In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has delivered a ruthless verdict on Ross County’s penalty decision.

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