CELTIC have issued a short, sharp statement after Brendan Rodgers was banned from the dug-out for Sunday’s Premiership game against Livingston in West Lothian.

The manager also received a one-match suspended sentence until the end of the season which allows him to take his usual place trackside at Ibrox the following weekend.

Rodgers appeared before the SFA disciplinary panel earlier this afternoon after his comments following the highly controversial 2-0 los to Hearts at Tynecastle on March 3. The Irishman was unhappy at the handling of the match in which winger Yang Hyun-jun was red-carded and the hosts were awarded a phantom penalty-kick.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT…Brendan Rodgers ponders his next move as red-carded Yang Hyun-jun heads up the Tynecastle tunnel.

Both contentious decisions were made by referee Don Robertson following interventions from VAR official John Beaton.

The statement read: “Clearly, we are disappointed with the outcome of today’s hearing, although we will accept the panel’s decision.

“The Manager appeared at the hearing today, and his defence was presented robustly and thoroughly.

“Like many other clubs, we will continue to press for the highest standards in relation to the VAR process in Scottish football.”

New technology has created consternation among the top-flight clubs since its inception in October 2022 and Crawford Allan will step down as head of SFA refereeing at the end of the season.
Incredibly, Robertson, heavily involved in the bizarre decision-making at Tynecastle, will be in charge of Celtic’s game at Livingston.
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