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Aberdeen manager Craig Brown questions Jack booking but misses Mulgrew’s

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Aberdeen manager Craig Brown was left confused over a lack of referee consistency at Celtic Park yesterday after Ryan Jack was sent off in the 2-1 defeat to Celtic.

Jack was booked after celebrating his equalising goal and picking up a second yellow and sent off for a tackle on Gary Hooper.

Craig Brown claimed that Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew had escaped punishment after celebrating his winner. He told BBC Scotland: “We have a man booked for that and Mulgrew, with a similar celebration, is not booked. It’s not a bookable offence to leave the field of play I understand. He (Jack) did no harm to anyone.

“He quickly turned, he went off towards the fans to celebrate. That’s an instinctive thing, you go to your own fans, and he turned back in again.

“He hadn’t to be shepherded by any steward, the stewards were there certainly, but they hadn’t to push him back on. The referee didn’t come and tell him to get back on and then he was cautioned.

“They (the Celtic fans) were within touching distance, the fans are actually touching him (Mulgrew). The fans weren’t touching Ryan Jack.

“There’s an inconsistency there I’m afraid that we have a man booked for that and Mulgrew, with a similar celebration, is not booked.”

However regular Scotzine photographer Patrick McGuire who was on his day off at Celtic Park yesterday, begged to differ with Craig Brown and has provided the photographic proof that Mulgrew was indeed booked for his celebration.

Jack is now banned for two matches, after picking up his second red card of the season, according to the SFA.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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