Rangers news: Ibrox side slam Scottish Football Association for ‘singling out’ Jon Flanagan for retrospective action after Celtic clash

Gers chiefs insist they will ‘vigorously defend’ Flanagan after the full-back was handed a notice of complaint for elbowing Celtic captain Scott during their 2-0 Ibrox win.

The former Liverpool defender was booked by referee Kevin Clancy for striking Hoops skipper Brown just before a Celtic corner, but Scottish Football Association compliance officer Clare Whyte decided the incident warranted further investigation.

Three former category one match officials all agreed Flanagan was guilty of violent conduct, meaning he faces a two-match ban.

But, while he is now set to miss the final match of the season against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and the first game of next season, unless Flanagan can overturn his ban at a Hampden hearing on Thursday, Simunovic will be free to play for Neil Lennon’s men as Celtic lift the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy after Sunday’s clash with Hearts.

The Croatian centre-back was involved in an off-the-ball collision with Light Blues front man Jermain Defoe midway through the first half but no action was taken by Clancy.

Now Ibrox chiefs have demanded to know why their man has been dealt with by disciplinary bosses and Simunovic has not.

In a statement given to Press Association Sport, a spokesman for Rangers, who have already seen goalkeeper Allan McGregor retrospectively punished for an incident with Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson that was seen at the time by referee Bobby Madden, said: “Once again, there seems intent to change the decision of a referee in a match involving Rangers.

“There seems to be a steady erosion of respect for Scotland’s referees and the authority they are meant to enjoy under rule five of the laws of the game.

“The decisions of referees regarding facts connected with play are meant to be final, but referees are now routinely invited to change their decisions after a game has finished.

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