Celtic news – Lennon and McCoist bans, Stokes: We’ll cope without Lennon, Inverness team news

Lennon and McCoist bans.

Neil Lennon and Rangers assistant Coach Ally McCoist have incurred four and two-match bans respectively following incidents in last week´s Scottish Cup fifth-round replay at Parkhead.

Both will sit out next Sunday´s Co-operative Insurance Cup Final, for which Lennon was already banished from the dugout after being sent to the stands at Tynecastle last November. McCoist now joins him after the pair were found guilty by a disciplinary panel.

Two of the three Rangers players sent off in the game, El-Hadji Diouf and Madjid Bougherra, will also be reported to the Scottish FA´s disciplinary committee. According to the SFA´s website they will have to answer charges of “misconduct of a significantly serious nature”.

The Lennon and McCoist bans begin on March 16 while the committee will consider any punishment for Diouf and Bougherra when it meets on April 12.

Stokes: We’ll cope without Lennon.

Anthony Stokes says his teammates can cope with manager Neil Lennon´s touchline ban, reports BBC Sport.

“We showed we could cope at the weekend,” insisted the 22-year-old Dublin-born striker. “We have Johan Mjallby and Alan Thompson doing a great job in the background and they have no bother getting across what the gaffer says.”

Stokes said of his manager: “He is loud enough on the sidelines that you can hear him in most games. But Thommo and Johan are the same. I saw them on the phone the other day with the gaffer. They all do the same thing and we try to respond to it on the pitch as normal.”

Stokes, who has struggled to make the team in recent weeks as Gary Hooper and Giorgios Samaras have been preferred, could step in if Hooper is ruled out at Inverness.

Inverness team news.

Neil Lennon has been hit by a selection headache ahead of Sunday´s Scottish Cup quarter-final clash at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Swedish defender Daniel Majstorovic has been ruled out for up to two months with a fractured toe, sustained in the 2-0 win over Hamilton Academicals last week, and striker Gary Hooper is doubtful with a knee injury. In addition right-back Mark Wilson and skipper Scott Brown are both suspended.

Caley boss Terry Butcher will assess the fitness of Jonny Hayes (foot) and Aaron Doran (hip) before kick-off, while Dani S

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