RANGERS defender Connor Goldson insists the Ibrox players will not be “sucked in” by Celtic skipper Scott Brown in tomorrow’s High Noon shoot-out in Govan.

The former Brighton centre-back admitted the veteran Hoops midfielder played a major role in the champions’ 2-1 win at Parkhead.

Controversial Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, winger Ryan Kent and left-back Andy Halliday were all involved in incidents with Brown during and after the explosive encounter six weeks ago.

Goldson, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We made the mistakes on that day as a team and as a club that we have got to learn from.

“Truthfully, and people won’t like me saying this, he (Brown) has been very clever.

“People will say why don’t we do it? But, realistically, it’s not right to do it.

WHAM…Ryan Kent slams a fist in Scott Brown’s face.

“At the same time, he benefited his team by doing it and, as I said, we were inexperienced.

“We shouldn’t get sucked in by that and, on that day, we did. It’s just something we have to learn from and not let it happen again because it hurt us.

“I don’t know if you can call it frustrating because it’s our own fault.”

Morelos picked up his fifth red card of the season when he elbowed Brown in the face in the first-half.

Kent smashed a fist into the former international captain’s jaw after James Forrest’s winning goal near the end of a dramatic confrontation.

And Halliday, who had been booked previously, was involved in a furious rammy after the final whistle which earned him a second booking and an automatic suspension.

Referee Bobby Madden missed Kent’s punch at the Hoops skipper, but he was caught on camera and banned for one game.


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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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