The appeal hearing over Rangers defender Jon Flanagan’s “elbow” on Celtic captain Scott Brown has been moved back.

The original appeal hearing was supposed to take place today, but due to unforeseen circumstances, will now take place tomorrow.

If Flanagan is found guilty, he will be banned for the weekend’s trip to Kilmarnock and potentially more games at the start of next season.

Brown goes down like he’s been shot after Flanagan raises his arm. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The move is shrouded in controversy after Rangers released a statement following the player’s citation. The club believes Rangers are judged more harshly than others and want transparency on what constitutes a citing by the Compliance Officer.

Flanagan was first cited by the SFA after the clash with Scott Brown in Sunday’s Old Firm.

 

The issue Rangers have with the entire thing is that Jozo Simunovic was not cited, despite appearing to elbow Jermain Defoe in the first half. Many fans were pretty angry about the whole thing.

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Rangers then issued a fiery response to the citation [quoted by the Herald]. In it, they claim Rangers appear “to be held to a different code of conduct” than other sides in the division.

But a report has suggested that the reason Simunovic wasn’t cited was because the SFA Review Panel couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on the incident [Daily Record].

The insinuation is that they did with Flanagan. Rangers have chosen to appeal the decision, but we’ll now need to wait until tomorrow to find out how it goes.