Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha comments on Scott Brown's Celtic let-off

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha during the press conference

Celtic captain Scott Brown will be available to lead his side out against Rangers despite a red card against Ross County.

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates scoring their fifth goal

Rangers could have been forgiven for thinking they had been handed a major boost ahead of their Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Celtic on Saturday, the Daily Record reports.

The Hoops skippers’ late lunge on Liam Boyce during the recent 2-2 draw with Ross County earned him a straight red card and, initially, a place in the stands in one of the most highly-anticipated fixtures in recent seasons.

However, in a contentious twist of fate, Brown will now be free to take on Celtic’s Old Firm enemies after all with Celtic appealing the decision. As the hearing is scheduled to take place next Thursday, there is nothing to stop the veteran midfielder putting his stamp on Saturday’s content.

And, yes, we mean that both literally and metaphorically.

Yet, Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha was in no mood to complain about this particular loophole. Is he really friends with Jose Mourinho?

"We would do the same," the Portuguese coach admitted to the Daily Record. "If I had one player who was in my starting 11 or match-day 18 who I really counted on and had conditions to appeal, I'd do the same.

"So [Celtic] are taking the right decision."

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha during the press conference

Whether he will be feeling quite so gracious if Brown inspires Celtic to victory at Hampden Park, however, is another matter entirely.

The 31-year-old has been back to his best this season and, alongside Stuart Armstrong, Brendan Rodgers’ champions have the power to overwhelm Rangers in the centre of the park.

Rangers' Joey Barton looks dejected as Celtic's Scott Brown applauds fans as he is substitued

Though the Northern Irishman will be praying that Brown, his on-pitch warrior, will be a little more adept at keeping his cool this time.

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