Celtic have officially announced that Neil Lennon will not challenge the automatic four match ban imposed from the Scottish Cup replay match against rivals Rangers on March 2nd.
The statement read, “Neil and the Club have decided, in the wider interests of the Club and Scottish football, not to appeal against the imposition of the ban, or the reasons for it.”
However, this is where a new battle is set to be waged between Celtic and the SFA. It seems that Lennon’s lawyer Paul McBride QC has picked through the SFA’s Procedures with a fine tooth comb and found a loophole in it.
The statement added, “In accordance with the SFA’s Disciplinary Procedures and the SFA’s original intimation of the ban issued on March 9, Neil will be serving this suspension concurrently with his existing suspension. He will therefore not be in the dugout for the four Celtic first team matches from and including the game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle this evening.”
So by Celtic’s reckoning Lennon should only be banned for five games and not the seven games that the SFA state the Celtic manager still has to serve. Certainly there will be more war of words between the two parties as they argue the wording within the SFA Policies and Procedures.
There has been no comment from the SFA as yet.