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SEEING RED: DYER SLAMS CELTIC SKIPPER

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FUMING Kilmarnock boss Alex Dyer has slammed Scott Brown over his ‘red card’ attack on Alan Power.

The Celtic skipper insisted the midfielder’s crunching challenge on Jeremie Frimpong may have merited a dismissal as the 19-year-old right-back had to be stretchered off following six minutes of treatment.

The Dutch defender will miss the champions’ game against Ross County at Parkhead this afternoon as a direct consequence of the ferocious tackle from the Killie player two minutes from the end of the Hoops’ 3-1 win at Rugby Park in midweek.

Dyer, though, launched a strong defence of his player after Brown also suggested the clattering challenge on Frimpong was reckless and a potential leg-break tackle.

The Ayrshire gaffer revealed Power showed concern over the teenager’s well-being after the match and they had both gone to the medical room inside the stadium at full-time to check on the full-back’s condition.

Dyer, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Alan Power is a good player. He went in and produced a good tackle. If it hadn’t been then the referee would have blown his whistle because the linesman was right there. Alan’s been outstanding for this football club and I’ll always back him 100 per cent.

“He doesn’t pick on anyone. The ball was there to be won and he made a fair challenge to win it.

“I 100 per cent disagree with that [tackle a leg-breaker]. Obviously, we’re glad that the lad wasn’t hurt.

“Alan went down to the treatment room to see how he was, but he’d already left. I popped down, as well, but didn’t see him, either. I spoke to Neil Lennon afterwards and he told me Frimpong was fine.

“I didn’t know that at the time Alan had already gone over to him on the pitch after it happened, but, listen, he’s an honest professional.

“He’s hard, but fair and he’ll do that in training. Tackle you and then pat you on the back. Alan’s a good man, so let’s just move on.”

Lennon, meanwhile, admitted Power could have been banished.

Asked if it was an ordering-off offence, he said: “Yes, it was a bad one. A bit like the Sam Cosgrove one at Celtic Park. I’ve seen red cards given for that, let’s put it that way.

“It was a heavy challenge and he was caught badly on the follow-through. He got a bit of a fright at the time. So did we because when players react like that you think it’s going to be a bad one.”

 

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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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