SCOTLAND Assistant Manager Mark McGhee has been hit with a six game touchline ban after his antics at the 7-2 defeat Motherwell suffered at Pittodrie last month. McGhee’s side then lost at Celtic Park and heavily at Fir Park when Dundee scored five goals, before the former Aberdeen striker was sacked.
The SFA, his employers as Scotland Assistant boss, issued McGhee with a notice of complaint over his conduct towards a match official and his antics afterwards when he was sent to the stand. The exchange that followed was captured by a Dons fan on his smart phone and became an internet hit as McGhee took exception to being filmed.
The SFA have now suspended their 59-year-old employee for five matches and have added another one-match to the total as McGhee already had a suspended ban for breaching the same rule hanging over him.
Stephen Robinson has taken over as the new Motherwell manager while McGhee, who also played for Celtic late in his career, was last night rumoured to be on the list of candidates for the vacant number 3 role at Ibrox.
That would go down well with the Rangers support!
Certainly any employer looking at employing McGhee in a management role in Scotland will have to take this long ban into account.
Ironically the ban will NOT apply to his work as Gordon Strachan’s assistant and McGhee will be in the dug-out for the forthcoming international matches.