sport news Brendan Rodgers accuses opponent players of targeting Scott Brown

Brendan Rodgers accused Ross County captain Andrew Davies of trying to make a name for himself with his red-card tackle on Scott Brown.

Davies was sent off for a late challenge that caught his Celtic counterpart high on the thigh in the 40th minute of Celtic's 3-0 victory.

Describing the tackle as one of the worst he has witnessed since coming to Scottish football, Rodgers insisted his on-field leader is being targeted by opposition players.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has accused Andrew Davies of trying to hurt Scott Brown

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has accused Andrew Davies of trying to hurt Scott Brown

The Ross County captain was sent off for a late challenge on the Celtic skipper on Saturday

The Ross County captain was sent off for a late challenge on the Celtic skipper on Saturday

Saturday's flashpoint followed a red card for Aberdeen's Sam Cosgrove for a foul on the Celtic skipper last month and Rodgers detects a pattern emerging.

'There is no doubt the challenge on Scott today was disgraceful,' he said. 'We've seen a lot of challenges with question marks over them, but that was one of the worst I've seen since I've been up here.

'There's no intent to play the ball. It was a really dangerous challenge - and only someone of Scott's toughness and robustness could get up and play on.

'He's aggressive, of course, but he's fair and he's honest. He's a guy that plays with an authority and an aggression. But it's always controlled because we want to have 11 players on the pitch.

'There are one or two maybe trying to make a name for themselves by

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