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I'd have been blasted for horror tackle: Brown

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic skipper Scott Brown claims he would have been handed an extended ban had he made the same challenge Andrew Davies put in on him last week.

The Ross County captain was sent off in the first half of the Hoops' 3-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win at Parkhead last week.

Davies lunged at the Celtic midfielder, who had stumbled to the ground under a tackle by Billy McKay, and will serve the statutory two-match suspension.

Ahead of the trip to Hamilton tomorrow, Brown (32) joked: "I'm not too bad. I didn't want any more kids anyway, he has probably done me a favour."

However, when asked if Davies' punishment sent out the wrong message, he said: "It is not for me to say, that's for the SFA to discuss and sort out.

"But for me, if I would have done that it would have been a lot worse. It would have been in the papers for weeks on end and I would have been getting a five/six-game ban.

"You want to tackle hard, you want to win the ball. There is a fair way to go about it but stamping on opponents when the ball is nowhere near you is definitely not being a hard man.

"People lose their head now and then. It happens in football but stamping when the ball is nowhere near you and especially where he stamped as well, it wasn't exactly pleasant."

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