Monday 27 March 2017

Lennon and McCoist ban

Neil Lennon and Ally McCoist are both set to watch next week's Co-operative Insurance Cup final from the stand after being handed touchline bans by the Scottish Football Association following their altercation at the end of last week's ill-tempered Old Firm derby.

Celtic manager Lennon and Rangers assistant boss McCoist were charged with misconduct as the fallout from the volatile Scottish Cup fifth-round replay at Parkhead continued.

Lennon was already banished to the stands for the March 20 Co-operative Insurance Cup final with Rangers at Hampden Park, but now McCoist will join him in being banned from the touchline after their fracas at the end of last week's match. Celtic boss Lennon and McCoist have incurred four- and two-match suspensions, respectively, but it is expected that further punishments will be handed out with two of the three Rangers players sent off in the 1-0 loss set to face sanctions.

Elsewhere, Wolves and Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt is set to return to training next week after nearly six weeks out with a calf problem.

Hunt is not ruling himself out of the clash at fellow strugglers Aston Villa on March 19. But, if that comes too soon, then the Ireland international is hoping to return against Newcastle on April 2.

Hunt has not featured since the 1-0 defeat against Stoke in the FA Cup on January 30.

"I'm back running again and, hopefully, within the next week I'll be back training. After that it's up to the gaffer as to when I'm involved."

Irish Independent

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