Celtic boss Neil Lennon charged over breaching touchline ban

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been charged with breaching his touchline suspension, the Scottish Football Association has confirmed.

Lennon, who is serving a three-game ban for using offensive language, is charged with being within the "playing zone" after the defeat by Motherwell.

Under the terms of his ban, he cannot be there within 15 minutes of the final whistle.

A hearing has been set for Thursday, 23 May.

That date is just three days before Celtic face Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final, raising the prospect of Lennon being confined to the Hampden Park stands.

Lennon felt the Motherwell game turned when referee Euan Norris awarded the Fir Park side a penalty after Charlie Mulgrew clipped Henrik Ojamaa.

The SFA said Lennon had breached two rules: "Rule 205 (Breach of suspension: being within the 'playing zone' at the above match, whilst subject to a suspension, within 15 minutes of the referee having signalled the end of the match)" and "breaching a suspension by a Player or Team Staff or by a Club allowing a Player or Team Staff to represent the club whilst suspended."

Following his three-match ban for using offensive language during the St Mirren game, Lennon warned the SFA there was "a storm coming".

He watched his side clinch the title against Inverness CT from the stand.

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