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Tonev is hit with charge over alleged abuse

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has been hit with a Scottish Football Association charge over alleged racist abuse.

Aberdeen full-back Shay Logan accused the on-loan Aston Villa player of a racial slur during his team's 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park last weekend.

And the Scottish Football Association compliance officer has issued a notice of complaint accusing Tonev of "excessive Misconduct by the use of offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature".

Tonev, who made his Celtic debut against the Dons, has denied the allegations and he has until September 26 to respond, with a Hampden hearing pencilled in for October 9.


Celtic reiterated Tonev's proclamation of innocence.

A club statement read: "As we have said before, we have spoken to the player and he has stated the accusation is not true and he will, therefore, be defending the charge."

Speaking at the club's Lennoxtown training ground ahead of the Premiership clash with Motherwell at Parkhead on Sunday, manager Ronny Deila was confident his side will adapt back to the rigours of domestic football following their European sojourn.

Skipper Scott Brown returned to Glasgow yesterday after being left behind in Austria due to a routine drugs test which led him to miss the flight home.

The former Stromsgodset boss said that Brown "will be ready for Sunday" as will the rest of the Hoops players. He said: "It is about attitude and being ready for every game. That culture has been here for many years. The players are used to it."