By Nick Ware

10th May, 2021 | 2:45pm

Keith Jackson blasts Rangers official for goading Scott Brown in Ibrox tunnel

Keith Jackson has slammed a ‘high ranking’ Rangers official for an incident involving Scott Brown during his final Old Firm clash at Ibrox.

Celtic captain Brown is set to leave the club in the summer for Aberdeen, but his last derby game ended in humiliation as the Light Blues ran riot on May 2, winning 4-1 with goals from Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe.

Writing on the Daily Record website, Jackson fumed at Rangers after detailing an incident involving Brown earlier this month.

He said: “It’s deeply regrettable that his final Old Firm match the other weekend ended with a crude and classless farewell from a high ranking Rangers official inside the Ibrox tunnel, in the immediate aftermath of a 4-1 thrashing.

Record Sport understands the Parkhead hierarchy are aware of this incident which took place as a disconsolate Brown made his way back to the away dressing room while Steven Gerrard and his players celebrated a fourth derby win of a whitewash season against their crestfallen neighbours.

“That they have chosen not to lodge a complaint suggests that it was all fairly low key, perhaps no more than petty stuff even if the conduct of the senior Ibrox employee – who provocatively goaded Brown as he made his way inside – was regarded as ‘wholly inappropriate behaviour’ by those who witnessed it.”

Step too far?

This sounds like a rather unnecessary and unsavoury incident after what should have been pure unadulterated joy for us.

That win was our fourth against our Old Firm rivals this season, while our other fixture ended in a draw.

It further highlighted our dominance over them after running away with the Scottish Premiership title.

We all like to poke fun at Celtic and their demise but perhaps this one went a bit too far.

As Jackson alluded to in his article, Brown came out to publicly support Glen Kamara after the Gers midfielder was racially abused by Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela in March.

Brown has spouted a lot of nonsense about us over the years but that was a moment that deserved respect, and it seems a certain Gers official forgot about this in the heat of the moment.

Given our superiority over Celtic, we don’t need to lower ourselves to their level, and Brown should slip away into Old Firm obscurity as he’s now a distant memory as a threat.

In other Rangers news, ‘Big decision’ – Chris Sutton & Michael Stewart moot Ibrox exit for ‘Exceptional’ Gers talent.