Decision on Strachan ban expected today

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is due to discover whether he faces a four-match touchline ban following his dismissal against Hearts last season.

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is due to discover whether he faces a four-match touchline ban following his dismissal against Hearts last season.

Strachan's appeal over Stuart Dougal's decision to banish him to the stands during the 3-1 defeat at Parkhead in April is due to be heard by a Scottish Football Association panel today.

And the outcome will affect the Celtic manager's punishment for his most recent sending-off, at Aberdeen last month, against which he has also appealed.

Failure to overturn the four-match ban will see him face the prospect of a further six-game exile from the bench should he lose another appeal.

Strachan served a two-match touchline ban at the start of last season after being sent from the dugout in a 2-1 SPL defeat at Tynecastle, also by Dougal, after a touchline altercation with then Jambos assistant John McGlynn.

And after Hearts scored their third goal in a 3-1 win at Celtic Park, Strachan was sent packing again after what appeared to be an exchange of words as Hearts substitute Neil McCann prepared to come on.

Strachan claimed at the time he was in the dark over the reason for this dismissal and added: "It could have been sarcasm but there were no swear words directed to the referee whatsoever and the fourth official can back that up.

"It cannot be for aggressive behaviour, it cannot be for swearing because I never swore, I was speaking to Neil McCann."

The punishment is increased by two games for every offence over a rolling three-year period and Strachan faces the prospect of missing 10 games this season.

He appealed against his dismissal at Pittodrie after a dispute with a steward towards the end of Celtic's 3-1 win on August 19.

The SFA would not reveal the reason behind the decision but Strachan claimed referee Charlie Richmond had sympathy with him and would back him in his report.

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