Belfast Telegraph

Angry Rangers vow to back Flanagan over possible ban


By Ronnie Esplin

Rangers say they are shocked to see defender Jon Flanagan "singled out" for retrospective action after Sunday's Old Firm clash while Celtic's Jozo Simunovic has escaped punishment.

Gers chiefs insist they will "vigorously defend" Flanagan after the full-back was handed a notice of complaint for elbowing Celtic captain Scott Brown during their 2-0 Ibrox win.

Three former category one match officials all agreed Flanagan was guilty of violent conduct, meaning he faces a two-match ban.

Simunovic was involved in an off-the-ball collision with Light Blues front man Jermain Defoe midway through the first half but no action was taken.

A spokesman for Rangers, who have already seen goalkeeper Allan McGregor retrospectively punished for an incident with Aberdeen's Lewis Ferguson, said: "Once again, there seems intent to change the decision of a referee in a match involving Rangers.

"The decisions of referees regarding facts connected with play are meant to be final.

"It is particularly shocking that another Rangers player has been singled out for retrospective action and issued with a notice of complaint."

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon was adamant Flanagan should have been sent off for his clash with Brown.

Lennon said: "It's a red card. How the referee has not given that as a red card I don't know. It's an elbow into his face."

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