Celtic release late night statement about appeal

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Celtic were handed a major blow at the weekend, as a defeat at the hands of Hearts stopped them from returning to the Premiership table. There were a number of questionable decisions made on the day by the referees and VAR, and the one that might have had the most impact on the game was the red card shown to Yang Hyun-jun in the 16th minute.

That meant that Celtic had to play almost the entire game with ten men. And naturally, that was a significant advantage for Hearts, who were able to take advantage of it.

Even more worrying for Celtic was the fact that it was Yang who had been sent off, one of their best players in recent weeks. The club chose to appeal the red card but unfortunately, that has not made a difference.

As reported by the club's official website, the appeal over the red card shown to Yang in the game at Tynecastle Park has been dismissed at an SFA hearing. The player will now receive a two-match suspension.

Celtic release late night statement about appeal

So, Celtic will be without Yang in the upcoming two games. That is bad new for Brendan Rodgers' side, as the South Korean winger had proven himself as a difference maker for the Hoops with his performances in recent games.

Yang's ability to take his defender on is something that Celtic have missed since Jota left in the summer. They do not really have another winger capable of doing that at the moment.

With Yang set to be unavailable, it feels like Nicolas Kuhn could be the one to return to the starting XI. Unless, Rodgers decides to switch things up, playing Luis Palma on the left flank and Daizen Maeda on the right. Or, he could choose to play Adam Idah and Kyogo together.