Ex-Celtic duo Darren O’Dea and Neil Lennon react to Josh Meekings’s proposed ban

Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea and Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon are against the proposal of banning Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Josh Meekings for the Scottish Cup final.

Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea has taken to social networking site Twitter to criticise the Scottish Football Association’s decision to ban Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Josh Meekings.

Meekings has been handed a one-game retrospective suspension after being deemed to handle a goal-bound header in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic on Sunday, as reported by BBC Sport.

This means that the 22-year-old will miss the final, and Inverness have appealed against the suspension.

A tribunal will decide on the outcome of that appeal today, and former Celtic star O’Dea has no doubt which way it should go.

O’Dea’s suggestion that the ban could set a dangerous precedent will be agreed upon by many.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon, now at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers, is of the same opinion.

"How can you prove that is an intentional handball and how can you ban the player for that?” Lennon told BBC Radio 5 live. “It's just going to open such a can of worms going forward.

Inverness won the Scottish Cup semi-final 3-2 after extra time and will take on Falkirk in the final on Saturday, May 30.

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