NEIL LENNON isn’t sure if Jozo Simunovic will be banned for the first leg of Celtic’s qualifier after seeing his defender sent off during a friendly with St Gallen in Switzerland.

The Croatian raised his boot and his studs caught a player in the head. After VAR was brought into play he was sent packing for the incident. If the referee puts it in his report and sends it to the SFA there could be a ban to be served for the player.

However, if it’s not violent conduct the player should be okay. The Celtic manager was unsure of the procedure and was holding his breath last night as he spoke to CelticTV.

“I don’t know what the situation I’m not too sure.

“We’ll cross that bridge if we come to it.

“Certainly, since I’ve come back to the club, Jozo has been very, very good. He’s been great.

“I’m not sure how much contact there really was, so it seemed a bit harsh in a pre-season friendly.

“What did I think of VAR? Some go for you – we got the penalty from it, and I thought it was a penalty.

“But it is in the laws of the game, it is the referee’s interpretation, so you have to accept it and get on with it.”

Celtic play Sarajevo in Bosnia in under a weeks time. The players will have to be sharp and ready for the test. Their Euro opponents are pulling out all the stops to try and pull off an upset on the night.

If Jozo was not allowed to play, Neil would either have to make a big call to put Christopher Jullien into the side before he is match fit or play Jack Hendry next to Kristoffer Ajer.


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