Hutton takes Celtic side as he rips into Scottish FA over 'unfair' conduct
Alan Hutton has blasted the SFA after delaying Albian Ajeti’s disciplinary appeal at Celtic.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it was not fair on managers to be left waiting to find out whether their players will be available or not.
Ajeti was charged for an alleged act of simulation to win a penalty in the Hoops’ win over Kilmarnock last week, with the appeal set to be heard today (Tuesday, 9 February).
Glasgow Live report the hearing was set to take place on Monday but was delayed by 24 hours.
With the Hoops preparing for another league game against St Mirren on Wednesday, Hutton ripped into the disciplinary process and questioned how Neil Lennon was supposed to prepare with the appeal hanging over Ajeti’s head.
“Look at the Ajeti one, was he going down, was there a slight touch? Yes, but it has opened up a can of worms here,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
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“I don’t see why it’s so hard, if the charge comes through they’re obviously looking at it, just look at it right there and then and decide. You don’t have to wait a week to then go through the rigmarole and see what happens.
“Neil Lennon’s preparing for a game, he came out after the Kilmarnock game and spoke about Ajeti and said how he wanted to get him a run of games. He’s sat there thinking well can I play him, can I not, what am I supposed to do?
“It’s not ideal for any club or any player. They need to get this whole situation sorted as soon as possible so teams can prepare, it’s not fair.”
Having appealed the charge, Ajeti was able to start the Bhoys’ 2-1 win over Motherwell over the weekend in what was his 26th appearance of the season.