Scott Brown will lose the trust of Neil Lennon and Celtic if he continues to be needlessly sent off.

That is the view of former England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 35-year-old’s situation after he saw red against Livingston last week.

The Hoops captain was given his marching orders just five minutes after being introduced from the bench for swinging his arm in the face of Livingston’s Jaze Kabia.

The match finished 2-2 extending the Bhoys’ winless run to four games and Rangers took advantage of the result by beating Ross County 5-0 at the weekend.

The Light Blues are now 23 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership but Celtic do have three games in hand over their Glasgow rivals.

“You want leaders and you want them to show leadership and aggression to try and get the team back to winning ways but it has to be done in the right way,” Mills told Football Insider.

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“Going round in this day and age kicking people you can’t do it. It’s as simple as that.

“Hard men in football don’t exist anymore really. You have to be smarter than that, you have to be cleverer than that.

“However close you are to the club, however close you are to the manager if you keep making mistakes like that then sooner or later you’re going to get cut.”

Brown‘s sending off against Livingston was his first of the season but he has received eight yellow cards.

The Scotland international last started a Scottish Premiership game on December 6 and has been limited to just 33 league minutes since.

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