Barry Ferguson critical of Rangers defender Jon Flanagan following Celtic controversy

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Charlton Athletic at Bloomfield Road on May 03, 2014 in Blackpool, England.

Celtic are set to finish six points ahead of their Old Firm rivals Rangers this season.

Scott Brown of Celtic reacts after a clash with Jon Flanagan in the penalty box during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019...

Barry Ferguson has admitted that he 'can't defend' Jon Flanagan for elbowing Scott Brown during Rangers' 2-0 win over Celtic last Sunday at Ibrox.

In the first half, when the home team were winning 1-0, left-back Flanagan was seen on camera elbowing opposition player Scott Brown in the face during a corner.

At the time, the referee stopped play, had a word with the Rangers man and then issued him with a yellow card despite the offence being worthy of a sending off.

 

Speaking to PLZ Soccer (15/05/2019), former Gers man Ferguson explained that Flanagan's actions were the only disappointment for him on that day.

“I don't know who writes the statement,” Ferguson told PLZ Soccer. “Listen, I can't defend what Jon Flanagan done. It was a clear elbow. Whether he did catch him flush, we don't know, but there was an intent for an elbow.

“That was the only disappointing part of that game. It took over what was a great performance from Rangers on the day with Jon Flanagan just with a bit of stupidity.

“But for me, it was a red card. I don't think Rangers can argue about it.”

Jon Flanagan of Rangers chats with Scott Brown of Celtic in the penalty box during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in...

Since that incident, things have escalated further because Flanagan has been charged for his actions and he could face a two-match ban [BBC Sport].

After that news broke, Rangers expressed their anger on that charge and passionately stated that they will 'vigorously defend' their player, as quoted by BBC Sport.

The incident over the weekend is just a number of major talking points that have occurred during Old Firm games in recent months.

25th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish FA Youth Cup Final, Celtic U18s versus Rangers U18s; Gary McAllister and Steven Gerrard of Rangers watch from the stand

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