Celtic's Scott Brown in action with Dundee's Paul McGowan
Former Celtic striker Andy Walker has told Sky Sports that Scott Brown was correctly sent off during the Hoops' draw with Ross County at the weekend, and that it is embarrassing that he will be available for the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final with Rangers.
As tempers boiled over during the clash at the Global Energy Stadium - Liam Boyce had been able to equalise for the home side after Alex Schalk's clear dive surprisingly prompted the referee Don Robertson to give a penalty - Brown was shown a red card following a rash challenge on Boyce.
And while some Celtic fans may have initially feared that Brown would be out of the Hampden Park showdown with Rangers, the fact that the Bhoys plan to appeal means that it will not be until after the semi-final that the appeal is heard (via BBC Sport).
And Walker has suggested that the whole process is laughable, insisting that the Celtic skipper should not be able to play in the semi-final.
"One big call that Don Robertson did get 100 per cent right was the red card for Celtic captain Scott Brown. But his club are absolutely right in taking advantage of the system by appealing it," he told Sky Sports.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
"Those required to make a decision on the card will not meet up before next Sunday's semi-final clash - now that is embarrassing."
It will certainly be a tremendous boost for Brendan Rodgers' men to have Brown available for selection. Despite losing his head in that moment, the stalwart has been excellent throughout the campaign and will need absolutely no reminding how important a game it is.