YANG HYUN-JUN will miss the next two games after Celtic’s appeal against his red card against Hearts on Sunday was dismissed by the SFA at tonight’s hearing.

The Hoops hierachy challenged the VAR-assisted decision after the South Korean winger had originally been booked following an accidental high-boot on defender Alex Cochrane.

It was obvious to all that Yang was attempting to flick the ball over the head of the inrushing left-back before there was a coming together.

Referee Don Robertson showed a yellow card to the surprised Celt, but it got worse when VAR official John Beaton instructed his colleague to review the incident on his touchline monitor. Remarkably, the match official returned to the pitch to scrap the yellow and replace it with a red.

SEEING RED…Yang Hyun-jun and Hearts defender Alex Cochrane clash in the incident that saw the Celtic winger receive a VAR-induced sending-off which had led to a two-game ban.

The controversial moment came in the 14th minute of the league game at Tynecastle that also saw another interruption from assistant Beaton that eventually led to a puzzling preposterous penalty-kick for the hosts in a 2-0 loss for the champions.

A Celtic spokesman said last night in a statement: “We have received notification that the club’s claim has been dismissed.

“Clearly we are surprised and extremely disappointed at this decision.”

Yang’s suspension could open the way for £3million January recruit Nicolas Kuhn, who has struggled to convince since his arrival. The German flanker could get the nod from Brendan Rodgers to get a place in the starting line-up for the Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against Livingston at Parkhead on Sunday.

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