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Rangers successful in Flanagan appeal

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Last Updated: 17/05/19 3:18pm

Referee Kevin Clancy books Rangers' Jon Flanagan (right) after a clash with Celtic's Scott Brown

Rangers have successfully appealed Jon Flanagan’s retrospective red card following a hearing at Hampden.

The former Liverpool defender was cited by the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer after a post-match video consultation suggested he had elbowed Celtic's Scott Brown during Sunday's Old Firm game.

Flanagan was booked by referee Kevin Clancy at the time but was handed a two-match ban after a three-person panel decided that the caution should be upgraded to a red card.

Rangers released a statement following the decision claiming they had been "singled out" as Celtic's Jozo Simunovic had gone unpunished over a similar incident in the match.

2:45 Goals in each half from James Tavernier and Scott Arfield saw Rangers beat a lacklustre Celtic 2-0 at Ibrox on Sunday. Goals in each half from James Tavernier and Scott Arfield saw Rangers beat a lacklustre Celtic 2-0 at Ibrox on Sunday.

The statement said: "It is particularly shocking that another Rangers' player has been singled out for retrospective action and issued with a notice of complaint while Jozo Simunovic, the Celtic player who used an elbow to fell Jermain Defoe, has escaped any kind of censure.

"Why did one incident escape punishment while the other is now deemed worthy of a red card?

"We cannot understand how these two incidents could be studied yet only one be considered worthy of punishment. It seems as if Rangers' players are being held to a different code of conduct from players at other clubs."

0:25 Gary McAllister defended Flanagan after he was charged with elbowing Scott Brown during Sunday's Old Firm game. Gary McAllister defended Flanagan after he was charged with elbowing Scott Brown during Sunday's Old Firm game.

It now means that Flanagan will be available for Rangers' final game of the season away to Kilmarnock on Sunday.

Ahead of the trip to Rugby Park Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister said Clancy's on-field call was the correct decision.

He said: "I agreed it was a yellow card. What the referee saw and gave, we were in support of that. That's how I saw it.

"I thought when you'd been given a yellow card, you couldn't be cited. We just backed the referee's decision on the day that it was a yellow.

"I don't want to comment on what happens at other clubs. The fact is Jon is our player, we just thought it was a coming together and what the ref gave we agreed with."

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