Terminate loan deal or not? Celtic fans have say on Tonev's future

Celtic Parkhead

A slight majority of Celtic fans have urged the club to retain Aleksandar Tonev after he lost his appeal against a ban for racial abuse.

Celtic fans have voted for the club to hang onto Aleksandar Tonev after he lost his appeal over a ban for racially abusing Aberdeen’s Shay Logan.

Fans were asked to vote in an online poll over whether they felt Celtic should terminate the player’s loan agreement with the club after his appeal was rejected, with a seven match suspension remaining in place.

At the time of writing, 52% of supporters who took part in the poll, run by Scotzine, said the club should retain the 24-year-old over the rest of the season.

Celtic have since confirmed that they are putting their full support behind the Bulgarian winger and have suggested that further challenges over the suspension could follow.

“Celtic Football Club is extremely disappointed by the outcome of the Scottish FA's appeal tribunal. We will be approaching the Scottish FA to seek to address this issue - We do not consider that any player should be found guilty of such a grave offence on the basis of the evidence presented in this case,” read a statement from the Scottish champions.

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