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Oh Bhoy! Livewire Lennon faces Ibrox ban

Neil Lennon is facing the prospect of being banished to the stand for Celtic's January 2 visit to Ibrox.

Fresh snowfall in Glasgow today meant that for the second week running the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary committee have had to postpone a meeting to discipline Lennon after he was ordered from the dug out during last month's 2-0 defeat to Hearts.

Lennon is appealing against an automatic two-match ban for that offence and also faces the prospect of an additional two-match ban for 'excessive misconduct'.

Celtic have four fixtures scheduled before the trip to Ibrox but with no new date set for the hearing and the prospect of further matches being postponed, Lennon could be forced to watch from the directors' box as he goes to Ibrox for the first time as a manager.

The panel will also discuss Lennon's actions after Gary Hooper struck a late winner against Dundee United on October 17.

Tayside Police wrote to the SFA expressing concern about the way Lennon ran down the track to celebrate Hooper's goal in front of the stand housing visiting fans at Tannadice.

The 39-year-old also faces more disciplinary action if another SFA committee decides he overstepped the mark with comments about Thomson following the Tynecastle clash, and criticism of referee Willie Collum following an earlier defeat by Rangers.

Meanwhile, Scottish football is facing a second blank weekend with the country paralysed by snow.

The five main motorways were gridlocked yesterday preventing players from reaching indoor training facilities.

The SPL are expected to make an announcement tomorrow on whether the weekend card goes ahead with the weather forecast predicting more snow.


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