Kilmarnock's Kenny Shiels charged over Celtic comments

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels

The comments of Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels have once again attracted the ire of the Scottish FA.

Shiels is accused of bringing the game into disrepute by questioning the impartiality of the SFA's judicial panel and the integrity of Celtic.

Kilmarnock have also been served with a separate notice of complaint for failing to ensure that Shiels complies with SFA protocol.

Shiels had described Celtic as the "monsters of the Scottish game".

The Northern Irishman was concerned that the views expressed in a BBC Radio Scotland interview were taken out of context by a newspaper the following day.

And he later explained that he had contacted SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny to give his version of events.

"There was an inference there that they were able to manipulate the judicial panel, but that wasn't the meaning of it at all," said Shiels.

"In comparison to the rest, I was using that terminology of monster and surely everyone understands what the inference was: the size of the club.

"They are a monster in comparison to the likes of the other clubs and we were speaking about the advantages they have and Neil Lennon would have as a manager."

However, he will have to explain himself again at a hearing on 23 May.

Shiels was served with two separate notices of complaint from the Scottish FA in November, following critical remarks made about referee Euan Norris and his dismissal from the dugout in another match.

"I work in an industry where it's mandatory that I give interviews but I'm not allowed to tell the truth," Shiels told BBC Scotland at the time before serving a three-match touchline suspension.

In January, the SFA gave Shiels a four-match ban when was charged with two rule breaches for accusing fourth official Andrew Dallas of "fabrication" of evidence.

Shortly after completing that suspension, Shiels was dismissed late in a game at Inverness for what he described as "a kick at nothing" but escaped any further sanctions.

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