Strachan likely to appeal again

Gordon Strachan has had an automatic four-match ban reduced to two matches despite a Scottish FA disciplinary meeting upholding the case against the Celtic boss.

Gordon Strachan has had an automatic four-match ban reduced to two matches despite a Scottish FA disciplinary meeting upholding the case against the Celtic boss.

Strachan was banished to the stand in the game against Hearts at Parkhead in April after an altercation with referee Stuart Dougal.

The Celtic boss was found guilty of misconduct at the meeting at Hampden this afternoon but his ban was halved.

Strachan, who served a two-match ban after a bust-up at Tynecastle in August 2006, faces a third ban after being sent to the stand by Charlie Richmond following an argument with a steward at Pittodrie in August.

However, the latter case is likely to be put back, with Strachan, 50, set to appeal against today’s punishment in time to be in the dug-out for tomorrow night’s CIS Insurance Cup tie at Dundee.

SFA spokesman Andy Mitchell said: “There is an automatic four-match suspension on an official who has been found guilty for the second time of misconduct in the technical area.

“Gordon Strachan chose to appeal against that four-match ban and presented his case to the disciplinary committee and the outcome was a two-match suspension.

“This been applied with immediate effect which takes in the CIS Cup match tomorrow and the next league match.

“The committee has the discretion to impose whatever sanction it sees fit.

“But he has a right to appeal should he so choose and if he chooses to take it further it will go to an independent appeals tribunal.

“He obviously has to appeal by tomorrow evening.

“It is in everyone’s interests to resolve this case to a final conclusion before addressing the next one.”

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