Glasgow Rangers have been dealt a blow to their hopes of reaching the final of the Scottish Cup over the weekend, after Glasgow Celtic’s Scott Brown will now be available for selection, per the Scottish Football Association’s official website.
The Bhoys captain had received a straight red card in Sunday’s draw with Ross County, but the Easter holidays may have saved the Hoops from missing a key player for the Old Firm tie.
The SFA confirmed Celtic had lodged an appeal against the decision made by the referee, but will be unable to hear his case until April 27, therefore allowing him to be available for the match at Hampden Park.
Due to the festive celebrations, and subsequent bank holiday, a loophole was created, in which Brendan Rodger’s men were able to fully exploit and allow Brown to be picked.
The Scotland captain, has been ever-present for Celtic in the decade he has been with the club, having appeared almost 300 times for the club.
This season has been no different, with Brown contributing to three goals and the same total of assists across 49 competitive games.
Celtic will be hoping the availability of Brown will help them complete the domestic treble, with the League and League Cup already secured, whilst Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha will be hoping the city-rivals are stopped before too long.
The Gers, who face the Bhoys in the league the following week, will hope they can get something out of either of the fixtures, however the return of the midfielder at the weekend could end any hopes of silverware this season.