Celtic could have been reduced to 10 men on an otherwise comfortable evening at Rugby Park

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Scott Brown gave Celtic the lead against Kilmarnock, but it’s not his first goal in a year that’s seen him dominate today’s headlines.

Brown, who was sent off five minutes after coming on as a substitute in January’s 2-2 draw against Livingston, was involved in a flashpoint with Killie midfielder Aaron Tshibola.

The Celtic captain’s elbow made contact with his opponent, but no action was taken by referee Kevin Clancy.

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As reported by Record Sport, Brown will find out on Thursday if he is to face an SFA charge of violent conduct.

Reviewing the incident, former top level English referee Dermot Gallagher told Sky Sports News that the 35-year-old had taken a “massive risk”.

He said: “I think it’s not (a red), but when you do that kind of thing you’re running a massive risk, once you start raising your arms like that.

“But you see the player, I think it’s almost a petulant incident rather than violent.

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“I don’t think it’s serious foul play, I don’t think it’s violent conduct.

“So I think a yellow card would have sufficed.”

Gallagher was joined by former Fulham boss René Meulensteen, who praised Tshibola for not making the most of it.

The Australian national team assistant said: “Credit to him because that’s one of the things that definitely doesn’t belong in the game.

“You see Scott Brown there, he’s sort of assessing the situation.

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“He sees where the ball is and at one point he keeps an eye on where the opponent is.

“Then suddenly he sees him moving and he puts his arm out to sort of stop him from moving in that space.

“It’s is a bit high, like Dermot says, so he could have got a yellow card but not a red card.

“I think these things happen in football all the time, when you just stop him or push him off or whatever.

“So for me there was not much in it.”

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