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.
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:
The ref dealt with it on the pitch and that should be the end of it. Making the rules up as they go these clowns
— David Allan (@david_allan86) May 14, 2019
ofc they have
— Connor 🛡 (@ConnorRFC_) May 14, 2019
Fully expect their player to receive the same punishment for the elbow on Defoe….#ThingsThatWontHappen
— Thelionbrand (@thelionbrand) May 14, 2019
@RangersFCSLO so when are we as a club going to take a stand against this one sided system? I fully expect the club to issue a complaint against simunovic.
— grant (@grant89uk) May 14, 2019
Celtic Claire strikes again.
— Richy 🕺🏽 (@RJB__29) May 14, 2019
Yet again, Celtic & Brown get away with everything while @rangers and their players are singled out for special treatment. When will something be done about this ?
BBC Sport – Rangers' Jon Flanagan charged with elbowing Celtic captain Scott Brown https://t.co/O3MjYAJWRb
— Exiled Brigton Teddy Bear 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@levelpeg) May 14, 2019
I take it the guy that done the exact same thing on Defoe will get done aswell then ?
— Chris (@coyle75) May 14, 2019
Rightly so compliance officer is a shambles.
— Andy McIntyre (@andy_mcintyre) May 14, 2019