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Scott Brown

Celtic captain Scott Brown escaped a ban after a Scottish Football Association disciplinary charge was not proven.

The 33-year-old midfielder was issued with a notice of complaint for alleged improper conduct at the Old Firm fixture at Celtic Park at the end of March, in relation to post-match celebrations after the home side's 2-1 win.

Brown was accused of breaching a rule which states players, coaches and officials should "act in the best interests of association football".

Rule 77 also references "improper" behaviour and using "threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour" and carries a minimum two-match suspension for players.

The former Scotland skipper, who had his disciplinary hearing moved forward six days, has avoided a ban and will take his usual place in the Hoops engine room for the Premiership clash with Kilmarnock at Parkhead today during which Jozo Simunovic wants Celtic to give Billy McNeill an "amazing goodbye".

Interim Hoops manager Neil Lennon was in tune with the idea that the Parkhead club should retire the number five jersey in tribute to 'Lisbon Lions' captain McNeill, who died at the age of 79 this week.

Simunovic, current owner of the number five shirt, admitted that he would be happy enough to go along with that idea. The 24-year-old Croatian defender said: "We are going to honour him before the game and give him an amazing goodbye from us."