Celtic boss aims dig at ri­vals’ dis­ci­plinary is­sues and says he

The Scotsman - - WEEKEND SPORT - By RON­NIE ESPLIN

Nei l Le nnon has c l a i med Rangers have a “huge dis­ci­plinar y prob­lem” ahead of to­mor­row’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox and in­sists Celtic skip­per Scott Brown was tar­geted in their last en­counter.

R a nge r s s t r i ke r Al f r e d o More­los was sent off at Park­head at the end of March for c l a s hi ng wit h Brown, t he Colom­bia striker sus­pended for two matches plus an ad­di­tional two given pre­vi­ous dis­missals.

Andy Hal­l­i­day re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low card af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle of Rangers’ 2- 1 Ladbrokes Premier­ship de­feat for a clash with the Celtic mid­fielder and served a one- match ban, whil e on- l oan wing - er Ryan Kent lost his ap­peal against his ret­ro­spec­tive twogame ban for lash­ing out at Brown dur­ing the game.

Steven Ger­rard’s side have had 12 red cards this sea­son and, while in­terim boss Len­non in­sists go­ing out to ex­ploit any dis­ci­plinary is­sues at the Go­van club is “not a tac­tic that I adopt”, he will look to cap­i­talise if the home side lose their heads again in the fi­nal Old Firm en­counter of the sea­son.

He said: “It’s not my prob­lem that they have a huge dis­ci­plinary prob­lem and if it man­i­fests it­self again on Sun­day then we will try to take ad­van­tage.

“Yes, they did [ tar­get Brown] and they did af­ter the game as well. Scott Brown’s a veteran of th­ese games, he has been here 12 years he has played over 500 games.

“I don’t need t o t ell S cott Brown how to man­age him­self through a game of foot­ball, he does it very well and the big­ger the game the more he en­joys it.

“S c o t t B r o wn i s a l ways im­por­tant. It is a big game and he’s a big game player. It is very easy to say Scott Brown will be play­ing on Sun­day. We are the cham­pi­ons and we have to play and act like cham­pi­ons.”

Len­non con­firmed that the

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