CELTIC will today decide on a possible appeal against UEFA’s decision to double Jozo Simunovic’s suspension, as CQN reported on Friday.

The Croatian defender was originally hit with a one-game ban after his 10th-minute red card in the 3-0 second leg victory over Alashkert 12 days ago.

Simunovic sat out Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Rosenborg and was expected to return for the return Champions League qualifier in Trondheim in midweek.

However, Brendan Rodgers and the club were stunned when UEFA, after the Disciplinary Panel had reviewed the incident, opted to increase the suspension to two matches.

It was decided the high tackle on Jefferson Reis was worthy of the additional punishment although the Brazilian striker was unhurt in the clash.

The Hoops have requested a detailed breakdown on the reasons for the extension of the ban.
With UEFA offices closed over the weekend, the Parkhead outfit now expect to receive an official explanation later today.

The Scottish champions will then make their decision on whether or not to go ahead with an appeal.

If they decide to take the matter further it could leave the centre-back free to face the Norwegians.

Time schedules may dictate the appeal will not be heard before Wednesday which could open the way for the player to take his place alongside Kristoffer Ajer against Rosenborg.

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