Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic will miss the first two Scottish Premiership fixtures after being sent off in the Hoops’ pre-season friendly against St Gallen, the Daily Record report.
Simunovic was shown his marching orders after a high challenge with 15 minutes remaining in Celtic’s 0-0 draw against the Swiss side earlier this month.
And referee Fedayi San has surprisingly included the red card involving the Bosnian in his match report, which will result in the player missing the opening fixtures against St Johnstone and Motherwell.
Simunovic’s fate was sealed following the Swiss FA’s verdict:
In accordance with JPP (Judicial Panel Protocol) Annex C, section 4, Part D paragraph 3, the misconduct reported shall be recorded and the resultant suspension applied.
The outstanding suspension applied for this offence is two first team matches immediate (domestic football).
The news will come as a major blow to the player, who became a regular following the return of Neil Lennon last season.
Simunovic, who played the full 90 minutes against FK Sarajevo in the Champions League qualifier on Wednesday, was looking likely to start against St Johnstone on August 3rd, however, his hopes have now been dashed following the latest report.
Simunovic's competitive Celtic career in numbvers
The defender has turned out 115 times for Celtic after joining from Dinamo Zagreb back in 2015.
Simunovic has won 10 major honours during his time with the Hoops. The Bosnian has lifted four Scottish Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups.
The Bosnian has found the back of the net on four occasions for the club, two of which have came in back-to-back games earlier this year.
The defender has received just 13 yellow cards during his four-year stint, with the 24-year-old also picking up two red cards.