Celtic skipper Scott Brown let off as Nadir Ciftci receives ban

Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci has been handed a two-match ban by the SFA for the incident involving Scott Brown in Sunday's Scottish Cup game.

The Dundee United star has until Wednesday afternoon to appeal the ban, confirmed by the SFA on Tuesday, while Brown is free to play in the Scottish League Cup final.

Ciftci was the subject of another two-match ban hearing at the end of February after an incident against Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he was accused of striking Caley defender Gary Warren with his arm.

The appeal was overturned and he was allowed to face Celtic in the quarter-final clash.

The Turkish striker was already set to miss the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday after picking up two bookings in the competition but Scotland international Brown has escaped any ban for the tackle that sparked the incident.

Virgil van Dijk and Paul Paton were sent off in the incident that followed and their respective clubs have to wait until Wednesday to find out the result of the appeals.

Both clubs will be hopeful of a successful result, especially in the case of Paton who was sent-off in a case of mistaken identity.

Calum Butcher and Aiden Connelly also avoided any further action from the SFA.

Sunday’s Scottish League Cup Final will be the second of four meetings between the clubs in both domestic cups and the Scottish Premiership.

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