BRENDAN RODGERS believes the red card shown to Scott Brown for celebrating Celtic’s winner against Kilmarnock was “very harsh”.

The Hoops captain saw his last-gasp drive diverted past keeper Daniel Bachmann to give the champions a 1-0 win at Rugby Park to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premiership.

Brown raced behind the goal to join in with the travelling supporters and was immediately red-caded by referee Bobby Madden when he returned to the pitch.

The midfielder had been booked in the first-half for a challenge on Greg Taylor and the match official thought his actions merited a second yellow.

BLAST-OFF…Scott Brown lashes in the last-gasp winner as Alex Bruce tries to intervene.

TAKE-OFF…Scott Brown launches himself off the advertising hoarding towards the Hoops fans.

Rodgers said: “I always think it’s very harsh when players get sent off when they celebrate. The momentum takes them towards the supporters. That was unfortunate.

“He’ll obviously receive a ban, so we’ll just have to deal with it.”

The champions started brightly, but Steve Clarke’s men fought back into the contest, but a straight red for Kirk Broadfoot, after his late lunge on Brown, saw the game swing in the visitors’ favour.

Brown claimed the winner after Dedryck Boyata had knocked down a right-wing corner-kick from Callum McGregor into the tracks of his team-mate and his first-time shot took a deflection off Alex Bruce on its way into the net.

Rodgers added: “I thought we played very well, good control, and then in the moment you’re waiting for in the game, I thought if it wasn’t a goal, it would’ve been a penalty.

“Alex Bruce has got his arm up. It’s a brilliant win for us on the back of a taxing game in midweek to come here and play with that energy and control.

SHUT-OUT KING…Scott Bain celebrates yet another clean sheet.

“To have to work a team like that who are organised, it’s really difficult. It’s a brilliant win for us and another clean sheet.

“The last thing you can do is panic and throw the ball into centre halves that are good in the air.

“We kept working it side to side and the players understand how to play against 10 men. They kept opening it up down the sides and getting crosses in.

“But there’s still a way to go  For us, it’s focusing on ourselves. We’ve been playing very well since the start of January.

“To come here to a really tough place with everything Kilmarnock throw at you, I thought we were brilliant today.”


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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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