Celtic and Albian Ajeti face a waiting game after it was confirmed that the player’s appeal to the SFA for his two-match ban for simulation has been delayed by 24 hours.
As reported by the Daily Record, the appeal was meant to be heard this afternoon, but now the result will not be known until Tuesday.
Annoying for the player and the club
That is a bit annoying for both the player and the club. Ajeti would have wanted to get the matter dealt with as soon as possible. So he could possibly keep his place in the side for Wednesday night’s game against St Mirren. Now he has to wait 24 hours.
It will also annoy Hoops boss Neil Lennon. His starting line-up plans for St Mirren will have to be delayed for 24 hours. The reason for that – we don’t yet know if Ajeti will be available to play in the game.
You would imagine that if he wins his appeal, Ajeti will face St Mirren on Wednesday night. After all, he has been in the starting line-up for Celtic’s last two games.
He didn’t have the best of games against Motherwell at the weekend. But he showed what he can do with a goal in the win over Kilmarnock.
Club won’t be happy about delay
Celtic haven’t been happy with the decision to give Ajeti the ban. You would imagine that the delay in proceedings will just annoy the club even more. Still, at least in the next 24 hours we shall find out if common sense has prevailed, and the ban is rescinded.
When you look at some of the incidents that have been missed by the officials this season, the fact that a player can miss games because of diving – which he arguably didn’t do – is a bit annoying.
However, we shall just have to wait and see what decision the SFA appeals panel come up with. Hopefully for Ajeti, it is the right one.