Unseen Mohamed Diomande fury as Rangers star dragged away by the shirt to avoid a Celtic rammy

Furious Mohamed Diomande was dragged away by the shirt from a potential Celtic ruckus in the Scottish Cup Final by captain James Tavernier.

The het-up Rangers star – who was later the subject of a VAR check for violent conduct in added time – was left utterly furious after his challenge on Greg Taylor was awarded as a free kick by referee Nick Walsh. He made a beeline for a pack of Celtic players but Tavernier was on hand to forcibly remove himself from the situation.

The 22-year-old – who will turn his loan from Nordsjælland into a permanent £4.5million transfer this summer – then received a word in the ear from Jack Butland. That was then followed by an exchange of words with Alistair Johnston before the action resumed at Hampden. Diomande has been a key contributor since his arrival with his combative streak and ability to mix it in the engine room catching the eye.

Boss Philippe Clement was forced to firefight at the final whistle as he removed both Nico Raskin and Todd Cantwell from danger as the pair argued the toss with the match officials at the final whistle. But the Belgian wasn't happy either. Speaking after the defeat Clement said: "If you have the scenario also that you score goals and they are disallowed in that way, that is also in that moment a disappointment. If I compare with the push that Scales gave to Dujon Sterling in the first half, it's a much bigger push than what happened with Joe Hart today.

"If I also see how all the Celtic defenders are grabbing my players and having their arms around their neck and around their waist...it's a really big call to make to disallow the goal."