DAVID TURNBULL is facing a two-game ban after his ludicrous red card in the 4-1 weekend win over St Johnstone at Parkhead.

The Celtic midfielder was dismissed deep in stoppage-time following and mid-air clash with Perth keeper Remi Matthews as both went for a left-wing cross from Filipe Jota.

The ball broke to Liel Abada who volleyed a spectacular effort high into the net from the edge of the box, but referee Kevin Clancy had already blown for a high-boot challenge on the netminder.

SEEING RED…referee Kevin Clancy views the David Turnbull incident again on the VAR screen before dismissing the Celtic midfielder.

It was clearly a complete accident, but the match official produced a yellow card for the Hoops star. It looked harsh, but it got even worse when VAR official Mike Roncone instructed the whistler to view the incident again on the touchline monitor.

Clancy looked at it again on the touchline screen before returning to the field to upgrade the offence to a straight red for the astonished Scotland international. The dismissal is now likely to see the player suspended for two games, likely to Wednesday’s trip to Easter Road to face Hibs and the January 2 derby at Ibrox.

Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou refused to get involved in the controversy and, speaking to Daily Record, said: “I guess it’s what they deem it.

“Look, I don’t think there was any intent.

BANISHED…David Turnbull heads up the tunnel with Ange Postecoglou looking on.

“You saw with the reaction of the players, it’s usually a good indication. He didn’t try to hurt the boy, there was a coming together.

“The referee handled it well with a yellow card, but now with VAR, we’ve got other eyes on it.

“We’ll have to take whatever sanctions there are, but I don’t think Bull had any intent.”


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