Celtic's Scott Brown can play against Rangers after Celtic submit red card appeal
By Nadeem Badshah
Last Updated: 19/04/17 9:31pm
Scott Brown can play in Celtic's Scottish Cup tie with Rangers after the Hoops submitted an appeal against the red card he received against Ross County.
The Scottish champions submitted their appeal before Wednesday's 3pm deadline - 24 hours later than normal because of Monday's holiday - with the SFA confirming the hearing would take place on April 27.
That means his two-match ban is suspended until after the semi-final, with the 31-year-old, who was set to get a rest anyway, due to miss Ladbrokes Premiership games against Rangers and St Johnstone if the appeal subsequently fails.
Ross County's Alex Schalk has been given a two-match ban for simulation in the game against Brendan Rodgers' side.
Brown was dismissed on Sunday in the 2-2 draw following a late challenge on County forward Liam Boyce at the Global Energy Stadium.
The incident came minutes after Schalk went down in the box in the 87th minute with no contact from Erik Sviatchenko and Boyce slotted home the penalty to secure the draw.
Rodgers had accused Schalk of "blatant cheating" over the penalty incident after the game.
Following Sunday's semi-final at Hampden Park, Rodgers' side face their Old Firm rivals in the Premiership at Ibrox on April 29, which is live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 11.30am.