Celtic ace free to face Rangers after escaping retrospective ban from SFA

David Turnbull has escaped retrospective action from the SFA after kicking out at Dylan McGeouch during Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Aberdeen.

Aberdeen's players protest as David Turnbull is booked by referee Willie Collum during Celtic's trip to Pittodrie. Picture: SNS

In the second half of Wednesday’s match at Pittodrie, the midfielder let his frustration boil over as he took the legs away from his opponent after the whistle had sounded.

Referee Willie Collum was right on the spot and showed a yellow card to the 21-year-old. Under SFA rules, the compliance officer could have issued further punishment to the player if the match official admitted to not seeing the incident in its entirety.

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However, the football governing body have concluded that wasn’t the case here and no other punishment shall be taken.

This means Turnbull will be free to face Rangers at Ibrox next weekend. The two rivals meet a week on Sunday in what is the final contest between them this season.

Celtic will be looking for a victory to stop Steven Gerrard’s men from recording an undefeated league campaign.

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