Rodgers avoids Old Firm ban after SFA hearing into ref outburst

Brendan Rodgers has been banned for Celtic's trip to Livingston on Sunday, but will return to the dugout for the key Old Firm clash against Rangers at Ibrox.

The Hoops manager faced the potential of an immediate two-match touchline suspension after describing referee Don Robertson and VAR John Beaton as "really, really poor" and hitting out at "absolutely shocking decision-making", before adding the officiating "cost us" as he questioned several incidents in their defeat at Hearts on March 3.

He was accused of breaching rule 72, which stipulates that managers - as well as other players and staff - cannot "indicate bias or incompetence" regarding match officials during interviews.

While Rodgers was found guilty at an SFA hearing on Thursday - he will serve a one-match penalty with another game on hold until the end of the season should he break the same rule again - he is clear to face Philippe Clement's side next Sunday.

Celtic are currently top of the Scottish Premiership by one point, however title rivals Rangers do have a game in hand.