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Ross County's Schalk lands two-match diving ban

Celtic were livid after Schalk dived to win a penalty Credit: PA

Ross County forward Alex Schalk has been hit with a two-match ban for simulation while Celtic skipper Scott Brown has been officially cleared to play in Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final.

Brown was sent off for a foul on Liam Boyce moments after the striker had levelled from the spot on Sunday following Schalk's penalty-box dive.

The midfielder faced being suspended for the Hampden clash with Rangers but it soon became clear the Easter holidays had prevented him missing the derby.

Celtic submitted their appeal before Wednesday's 3pm deadline - 24 hours later than normal because of Monday's holiday - with the Scottish Football Association confirming the hearing would take place on April 27.

That means his two-match ban is suspended until after the semi-final, with the 31-year-old, who was set to get a rest anyway, due to miss Ladbrokes Premiership games against Rangers and St Johnstone if the appeal fails.

Schalk will miss games against Inverness and Motherwell after County accepted a two-match suspension. The Dutchman went down under no contact to fool referee Don Robertson during Sunday's 2-2 draw.

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UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Celtic

Police in the stands at Celtic on Tuesday night. Credit: PA

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic for crowd disturbances by their supporters during the Champions League match against Manchester City.

The Scottish champions face charges from European football's governing body for setting off fireworks and "crowd disturbances" at the Etihad Stadium.

The game, a dead rubber with City already assured of qualification for the knock-out stages and Celtic unable to advance, finished 1-1.

This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on February 23, 2017.

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Starting XI's: Man City v Celtic

Man City host Celtic tonight in a Champions League dead rubber as Pep Guardiola's side are through but cannot win the group and Brendan Rodgers' team will finish last in Group C.

Man City's squad includes 16-year-old midfielder Phil Foden.

Celtic secure first silverware under Brendan Rodgers

Tom Rogic and James Forrest were thrilled to make history with Celtic after the club secured their 100th major trophy with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup final.

Rodgers has made an impressive start to his Celtic career. Credit: Reuters

Australia international Rogic scored a wonderful opener after 16 minutes to put the league leaders in front before man of the match Forrest doubled the Hoops' advantage before the half-time break.

Moussa Dembele added a third from the penalty spot after Anthony O'Connor brought down Forrest as Celtic wrapped up their landmark major trophy to the delight of the two influential midfielders.

Rogic said on BT Sport: "I think the fans deserve it, we deserve it as the playing squad because we have worked hard all season - it's no less than we deserve.

"We won 3-0 but it's not easy against Aberdeen. They have pushed us very close in the last few years but I feel this season we have gone up a level, but there are days like this that you enjoy playing football."

Forrest said: "We are absolutely delighted, we have done brilliantly to get to the final and obviously winning it is tremendous and we are going to enjoy it.

"I thought we were really strong in the first half - we started really well and that set us off for the game and I am delighted we managed to win it.

"We are absolutely delighted to win another trophy for this club and buzzing to have won it."

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