Sport Celtic's Scott Brown set for suspension reprieve

18:35  16 april  2017
18:35  16 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

Team news: Celtic v Kilmarnock (H)

  Team news: Celtic v Kilmarnock (H) Celtic will look to extend their unbeaten run to 39 domestic games under Brendan Rodgers when they face Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon. Rodgers signed a new four-year deal earlier today, and has begun preparing his side for the Scottish Cup semi-final later this month. He will likely rotate his squad once again having made five changes in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle. Kilmarnock have won just one of their last five games, drawing three which included their most recent The Hoops have scored seven, conceding just once in their two meetings with Kilmarnock this season, including a 6-0 win the last time they met at Paradise. Celtic Scott Brown suffered an ankle injury last weekend against Hearts and was rested in midweek. Kieran Tierney was rested in midweek but will be fine to feature this weekend. Moussa Dembele returned to training on Thursday and is in the squad but Leigh Griffiths still isn’t ready to return after fracturing a bone in his back on international duty. Kilmarnock Kristoffer Ajer won’t play against his parent club and skipper Steven Smith remains out.

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Celtic skipper Scott Brown was sent off in the closing moments of their 2-2 draw with Ross County - but the Easter holidays are set to save him from suspension for their William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.

Brown was shown a straight red card for a wild challenge on Liam Boyce, who had converted a controversial penalty moments earlier to consign Celtic to a third draw in six Ladbrokes Premiership games.

That will trigger a two-match ban but, because Monday is a holiday, clubs were told in advance by the Scottish Football Association that all "fast-track" hearings for incidents this weekend will take place on April 27, five days after the semi-final.

It is understood Celtic will appeal against Brown's red card, meaning he will definitely be available for next Sunday's Hampden clash.

Brown on why he always believed Celtic would beat Rangers .
Celtic captain Scott Brown was in a bullish mood after his side defeated Rangers 2-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday, saying that the team knew that they would win the tie if they performed at their normal level. Brown put in a Man of the Match performance as his side kept their dream of a domestic treble alive and after the game, he told the Glasgow Evening Times that Celtic are the best team in the country. “We enjoyed that and played really well. It was a really professional performance from start to finish. We knew if we’d turn up we’d win the game and we did that.” “We knew they were going to sit deep and couldn’t press us, they don’t have the legs that we’ve got or the quality. We knew if we turned up, then we’re the best team in Scotland and we showed that again today.” Brown also spoke about the semi-final defeat to Rangers last year and said that the team simply didn’t turn up on that day, but they made up for it by proving their quality at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon. “The semi-final last year we were disappointed. It was the worst we could ever play, the best they could ever play. And they got lucky on penalties. That was going to be a hit or a miss. But we’ve shown our quality again today and managed to get through.” The 31-year-old still does not know if he’ll be available for selection next weekend as his appeal against his suspension will take place on Thursday, but he is confident that his side can win without him and the injured Moussa Dembele.

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