Jozo Simunovic red card could see him pick up Celtic ban

By David Walton

July 3, 2019

The Jozo Simunovic red card picked up against St Gallen could end up with him copping a one-match ban.

The Bosnian picked up his sending off in yesterday’s 0-0 draw. It came courtesy of a high boot and VAR that saw Celtic go down to 10 men in one of our more intense pre-season friendlies in recent years.

The Scottish Sun believes that referee Fedayi San will report the sending off to the Swiss FA. In turn, that could lead to them informing the SFA. The Sun also believes that any ban would likely only be for domestic games, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

Jozo Simunovic could miss our first domestic game of the season (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Simunovic wasn’t sent off for violent conduct either, and that could also hopefully help in his favour. But it was a careless red at a time when the centre-back really needs to start performing.

Simunovic red card more painful for the player

Simunovic will be praying that he can indeed avoid being hit with any sort of punishment by the SFA. It’s a rare incident that a player gets sent off in friendly matches, but yesterday’s referee wasn’t willing to let much go.

Simunovic’s place in the team is under huge threat (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If there is any form of ban picked up, it’s real bad news for the Bosnian. His place in the team is already under huge threat after the arrival of Christopher Jullien. Missing matches, regardless of how many, won’t help him fend off the Frenchman.

It doesn’t help Simunovic that he looks across at Kristoffer Ajer and sees him doing absolutely nothing wrong. The Norwegian should be keeping his place alongside Jullien.

Could Christopher Jullien take Simunovic’s place immediately? (Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Of course, there is also the concern for supporters that Jullien won’t actually be fit when Simunovic could pick up his ban. If it’s for the first domestic game in early August against St Johnstone, that should be fine. But if he’s suspended for the Champions League match in Sarajevo next Tuesday, that’s another matter. Throwing Jack Hendry in wouldn’t be looked upon well by supporters.

It’s just a case of a waiting game at this point. Don’t be surprised if some sort of punishment is handed out. If it is, however, here’s hoping it’s for the curtain-raiser against Tommy Wright’s men.