FORMER Dundee midfielder Jim McAlister will take on Celtic’s legal team by himself at Hampden tomorrow in the Nadir Ciftci ‘bite’ probe.
An SFA judiciary panel will hear from both players before deciding whether the Hoops’ recent signing will receive a lengthy ban for allegedly biting the midfielder while he was at Dundee United.
It’s believed that while the Turkish striker will have the support of Parkhead legal experts, McAlister, who left Dens Park in the summer, will go it alone.
Despite the promise of a new deal following the incident with Ciftci the 29-year-old was freed by the Tayside outfit.
McAlister, who has been training with St Johnstone, will be accompanied by his agent Tony Ashgar at Hampden while Ciftci will now have the backing of Celtic’s lawyers.
Ciftci is accused of biting McAlister’s leg during a Dundee derby on May 24 at Tannadice – even though match officials failed to punish him at the time.
Ronny Deila paid £1.3million for the frontman while fully aware he could be suspended for several matches if found guilty.
However, a ban would only apply to domestic games so he would be eligible for Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier in Iceland.