Thursday 18 January 2018

Blow for Bhoys as Brown loses appeal

Celtic's Champions League hopes suffered a blow as captain Scott Brown's appeal against the length of his suspension was dismissed by UEFA.

The midfielder was banned for two matches on top of his automatic one-game suspension for being sent off in the Group H clash against Barcelona.

Brown missed the home game against Ajax as a result and travelled to Geneva to plead his case to UEFA's appeals committee, eager for the chance to return early.

However, that appeal was unsuccessful and Brown will sit out the return game against Ajax in Amsterdam next Wednesday night and the visit of AC Milan later in the month.

With midfielder Nir Biton also suspended, Joe Ledley and Kris Commons struggling with injury, Celtic manager Neil Lennon pinpointed the importance of Beram Kayal as he pondered his line-up for the visit of Dundee United.

Lennon said: "We will have to keep an eye on Kayal, we can't afford to lose too many players in that area. There is a temptation to rotate the squad, it is something we will look at."

Irish Independent

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