Former Celtic striker and current BT pundit Chris Sutton has blasted the performance of referee Bobby Madden as he bemoaned the situation that Hoops favourite Scott Brown faces against the opposition.

The Bhoys’ midfielder and captain was the target of some heavy attention in the clash against Hearts on Sunday afternoon, a game which Brendan Rodgers’ men managed to win despite going behind to a Kyle Lafferty strike.

Sutton was quick to state via his personal Twitter account that Madden, who took charge of the clash at Tynecastle, had suffered “a shocker” of a game, while insisting officials needed to do more to protect Brown.

He said: “Scott Brown does not get the protection from the referees he should…. fair play to him he gets up and doesn’t complain… Bobby Madden had a shocker…”

Football Insider verdict

One thing Sutton picks up on which is completely true is that Brown rarely makes a fuss over the opposition perhaps stepping over the line when it comes to dealing with him. He might come across as a feisty character but that does not see him swinging for people whenever he is on the end of a bad tackle, showing that he can be pretty level headed when he needs to be. His hard man reputation does him no favours and perhaps referees think that he is only getting as good as he gives – but that certainly should not be the approach taken. A bad tackle is a bad tackle and should be punished accordingly, not on who is giving and who is receiving the challenge. Sutton is right to voice his grievances because you can be certain Brown himself would not, who seems happy just to get on with the game and lead the Hoops to unrivalled success in Scotland.

In other Celtic news, Sutton gave his immediate post-match verdict on the Bhoys’ win at Hearts.

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