FUMING Brendan Rodgers branded Andrew Davies’ brutal red-card assault on Scott Brown as “dangerous” and “disgraceful”.

The Celtic boss was appalled at the actions of the Ross County skipper when he stamped on the Hoops midfielder during the Highlanders’ 3-0 defeat at Parkhead yesterday.

Davies was dismissed immediately by referee Steven McLean for his wild lunge on Brown who was already on the ground following a challenge from Jim O’Brien.

Rodgers said: “There was no intent to play the ball. I think there are one or two who want to make a name for themselves by trying to put in those sort of tackles.

“There is no doubt the challenge on him was disgraceful.

“We have seen a lot of challenges and there are question marks over them, but that is one of the worst I’ve seen since I’ve been up here.

“That was a really dangerous challenge and only someone of that toughness and robustness could get up and play on.

“He (Brown) is aggressive, but fair and honest and that’s why everyone talks about the way he plays. He is unique, absolutely brilliant for us and he just gets up and on with the game and controlled the game.”

The Hoops coasted to their three-goal triumph with strikes from Moussa Dembele (pen), Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic to ease 12 points clear with a game in hand which is against Dundee in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Rodgers was pleased with the victory which leaves the champions needing three more wins to wrap up a seventh successive title.

He added: “When you come back after the international break, you are always looking to get some fluency as quick as you can.

“The pitch really helped, it was in good condition, so well done to the ground staff.

“We scored one in the first-half, but could have had a few more and they go down to 10 men with a really bad challenge.

“I feel for the Ross County staff who are trying to keep this team in the league, I feel for the supporters who travelled all the way down.

“You get your captain, who has probably got his most important game on Tuesday night (against Partick Thistle), makes a really poor challenge.

“Jozo Simunovic gets a two-game ban for a slight elbow, so I don’t know what that will be.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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