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Chris Sutton launches attack on Naismith after ‘cowardly’ tackle on Brown

Scott Brown was the victim of another horrific stamp this time from former Rangers attacker Steven Naismith during Celtic’s 3-1 win over Hearts on Sunday.

The incident happened during the first half of the match. Naismith, who is currently on loan at Hearts from Norwich City, closed down Scott Brown who slide to stop the ball from going out but Naismith went in late after the ball had been cleared and Brown was off the field of play.

Clearly stamping on Brown, Naismith escaped a sending off and was lucky to escape another red card when he went in late on James Forrest as he went over the ball into the winger’s ankle.

Ex-Celtic striker and BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton blasted Naismith claiming that the stamp was intentional.

During the half time analysis, Sutton said: “Naismith should have been red carded twice in the first half. If he showed that intent at Norwich he might have got a game. Coward.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, during his post match press conference, added: “You only need to see it. The ball was gone and the follow through is there to see.

“The ball was well gone and it wasn’t just late, it was very late. It will be just interesting to see what the authorities make of that.”

The stamp on Brown was similar to the one perpetrated by Ross County captain Andrew Davies at the end of March which saw the 33-year-old Englishman pick up a red card.

It is yet to be seen if Naismith will be charged by the Scottish FA compliance officer for his stamp.

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