Scott Brown: Brendan Rodgers 'feels for' Celtic captain after red card for celebrating winner

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Being sent off for celebrating 'spoils the game' - Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers "feels" for Scott Brown after his captain was shown a second yellow card for celebrating his winner at Kilmarnock.

Brown jumped over the hoardings at the away end after scoring a 90th-minute winner which moved Celtic eight points clear in the Scottish Premiership.

Supporters poured onto the pitch in celebration and Brown was sent off by referee Bobby Madden.

"It is one thing that spoils the game now," Rodgers told BBC Scotland.

"It is so emotional when you score so late on, for a very important win.

"I suppose it is in the rules, but it is hard for players to stop themselves. I feel for any player who gets sent off for celebrating. We all want to see that passion in the game, but unfortunately he gets sent off."

'It is another great win for us'

Rodgers admitted Celtic were in a "nice" position - an eight-point lead over nearest rivals Rangers with 12 games left - as they home in on an eighth successive Scottish top-flight title.

They have yet to concede a goal in eight domestic games so far in 2019, scoring 22 without reply.

"We just have to really focus now on every game, that is important," said Rodgers as the champions prepare for Thursday's Europa League second leg in Valencia before hosting Motherwell next Sunday.

"The players are used to this period of the season. We have to play with that calmness; we know what we want to do in each game.

"Since the turn of the year, we have been scoring goals and kept clean sheets. I thought the two centre-halves [Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer], especially at the end, were very good."

Rodgers revealed that left-back Kieran Tierney could return against Motherwell next Sunday, but with Emilio Izaguirre missing the win at Kilmarnock with a swollen ankle, Jonny Hayes "certainly gives us an option" against Valencia after an "outstanding" display in an unfamiliar role at Rugby Park.

"He is so quick, so determined, and he has got great delivery. I thought he was excellent today," Rodgers added.

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Scott Brown scores for Celtic...then is sent off

How Brown's final moments unfolded

Scott Brown celebrates his winner with Celtic fans
Brown gives his celebration pose after scoring a 90th-minute winner
Scott Brown and team-mates celebrate his winner with Celtic fans
Brown and Callum McGregor (right) jump over the advertising hoardings to celebrate with Celtic fans
Scott Brown and team-mates celebrate his winner with Celtic fans
Brown is engulfed by exuberant supporters, who spill onto the Rugby Park pitch
Jonny Hayes commiserates with Scott Brown after he is given his marching orders
Jonny Hayes commiserates with Brown after he is given his marching orders for a second yellow card

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic26193460144660
2Rangers26157455203552
3Aberdeen26145743311247
4Kilmarnock26137637261146
5Hearts2613493231143
6St Johnstone26115102732-538
7Motherwell26113122935-636
8Hibernian269893628835
9Livingston2687112728-131
10Dundee2646162252-3018
11Hamilton2653181753-3618
12St Mirren2634191954-3513
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