CELTIC are facing a sweat as they await to discover what punishment is likely to be handed out to Jozo Simunovic following his ordering-off in the goalless draw against St Gallen in Switzerland on Tuesday.

The Croatian central defender was red-carded 15 minutes from time for an awkward high challenge on striker Boris Babic.

Referee Fedayi San did report the incident to the Swiss FA, who will in turn report it to their Scottish counterparts, but even if Simunovic is suspended it is more likely to be for domestic competition only.

However, if the worst case should befall the Hoops and the defender is ruled out of Tuesday’s Champions League opening qualifier against FK Sarajevo in Bosnia, boss Neil Lennon is positive new Bhoy Christopher Jullien, last Friday’s £7million buy from French side Toulouse, will be able to step in.

The Irishman, speaking to The Evening Times, said: “It’s a good job we’ve got Jullien in the building. Obviously, we’ve got Jack Hendry, as well, who can come into our thinking. So, 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.”

Celtic are likely to learn Simunovic’s fate within the next 48 hours.

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