Rangers must have finished their Old Firm derby conquer two men, says Celtic director Neil Lennon.

Ryan Kent pushed Scott Brown to the floor as Celtic’s captain strove to prevent him retrieving the ball to get kick-off after James Forrest’s winner.

But Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, whose side lost 21, says Brown deserved”to be penalized” after being included in Alfredo Morelos’ earlier in the day dismissal.

“I’m not happy with the procedure of Scott Brown now,” Lennon said.

Morelos reacted to Brown cutting on his heels off the ball by striking the midfielder from the facearea.

“He has been elbowed [by Morelos] and then pushed or punched in the face by another player and really Rangers should have been down to nine men,” Lennon told BBC Scotland.

“Ryan Kent, after we scored the next goal, has either slapped or punched him in the face and it’s really only unacceptable at this level of football.”

Brown was not reserved for either incident and Gerrard considers”it’s only logical that both sides get penalized”.

“You are playing against a player who wants to antagonise,” Gerrard told Sky Sports. “Morelos and Kent are provoked. The guy who antagonised it all from the beginning deserves to be penalized too “

The dismissal was Morelos’ fifth of the season. His earliest, for kicking out at Scott McKenna after the Aberdeen protector had barged him, was rescinded.

Morelos was sent-off two more against Aberdeen this term, once for projecting a arm in Graeme Shinnie, and for yet another kick on McKenna, that was also ordered off.

Lennon denies Brown’s flicking of the striker’s leg was a pre-planned make an effort to rouse the Colombian’s temper.

“It was not premeditated. You’d need to ask Alfredo Morelos why he enjoys doing it because he is a great player but he’s clearly got major discipline problems,” the Celtic boss included.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here