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Celtic boss Mowbray unfazed by Mac in the middle

Tony Mowbray has no concerns with Celtic skipper Scott Brown returning from suspension to face the man who controversially sent him off at Ibrox last month.

Dougie McDonald caused a storm when he red-carded the midfielder in the 1-0 defeat against Rangers after he tangled with Kyle Lafferty.

Brown will serve the third game of his subsequent three-match SPL ban against St Mirren tonight but will be available again for the visit of Killie on Saturday, where McDonald will be the man in the middle.

“I didn't know who Dougie McDonald was until someone explained to me that he was the referee at Ibrox,” said Mowbray.

“Do I have a problem with it? No. I think it was pretty obvious to everyone that it wasn't a sending-off but I don't think anyone questioned the ref's integrity.”

Mowbray was more concerned about the trip to Paisley where the Hoops will be hoping to reduce Rangers' lead at the top of the SPL to seven points.

He also hinted that Lukasz Zaluska will again keep his place in goal for the trip to Paisley.

Regular keeper Artur Boruc returned from compassionate leave last week but was left on the bench in the win over St Johnstone.

“Lukasz has had a couple of clean sheets which is good for his confidence and we'll see what happens as the season goes on,” the former Celtic defender said.

“They have always vied on equal terms. The one who is in goal has to play himself out of it, although it wasn't down to Artur's performances why he was in the team, but because he had to return home to Poland on compassionate grounds. But Lukasz did well and stayed in and we'll see how it goes. I'll take it on a game by game basis.”

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