Multiple outlets, including STV, reported on Tuesday afternoon, that Jon Flanagan has been cited by the SFA.

The full-back faces punishment for elbowing Scott Brown during Sunday’s Old Firm.

Brown holds his face in the Rangers penalty area. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The incident occurred in the penalty area, prior to the taking of a corner. As the ball wasn’t yet in play when it happened, no penalty was awarded, but the referee brandished a yellow card.

There’s little denying Flanagan made contact with Brown’s face. However, it seems bizarre that not only are the governing body taking action on incidents missed by referees, they are also meting out charges for things referees HAVE witnessed and acted on.

Previously, a two-match ban for the ex-Liverpool man would have been no great issue.

However, he’s recently found form after being granted a second opportunity by Steven Gerrard.

In stark contrast to his poor early season displays, he now looks more like the player who burst onto the scene as a teenager at Anfield.

Impressively, he’s played every minute of Rangers’ six-game winning streak.

Now, though, his competition is set to benefit.

Borna Barisic and Andy Halliday have been forced to watch on from the bench for weeks. Yet, this SFA call ensures one of them will likely start against Killie at the weekend.

Here’s a selection of angry reactions from Rangers fans to the decision:

 

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