Celtic's Jozo Simunovic banned for two league matches after red card in Swiss friendly
Last Updated: 18/07/19 9:56pm
Celtic's Jozo Simunovic will miss the first two matches of the Premiership season following his recent red card in a friendly in Switzerland.
The Scottish Football Association confirmed the defender would be suspended for two matches after he was sent off against St Gallen on July 2.
Simunovic will miss the Hoops' season opener against St Johnstone at Parkhead on August 3 and the trip to Motherwell seven days later.
The centre-back was initially shown a yellow card for a head-high challenge on Boris Babic, but the colour was changed to red following a VAR review.
The video system was being trialled ahead of its introduction in the Swiss top flight and a domestic suspension will now apply after the Swiss football authorities reported the sending-off to their Scottish counterparts.
The development will come as a blow to manager Neil Lennon, who has been employing a makeshift defence following the summer departures of Filip Benkovic, Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig.
Midfielder Nir Bitton played in central defence alongside Simunovic in their opening Champions League qualifiers against Sarajevo, with Kristoffer Ajer shifting to an unfamiliar right-back role.