Celtic facing anxious wait over potential ban as Alexandro Bernabei signing nears completion

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou celebrates

Celtic are facing anxious to find out if proposed signing Alexandro Bernabei will be handed a two-match ban before he’s even kicked a ball for the club.

The reigning Scottish Premiership champions are looking to snap up the left-back in a £3.75million deal from Lanus after he bid his teammates farewell this week.

The 21-year-old is expected to arrive in Glasgow before the end of the week. He will become the club’s third permanent signing of the summer following deals for Cameron Carter-Vickers and Benjamin Siegrist.

But his last game for his club in the Argentinian Primera Division saw him receive a straight red card for a headbutt aimed at Colon defender Augusto Schott.

And now Celtic must sweat to see if the Argentinian FA includes his future suspension. It would likely bring with a two-match ban, which would show up when the SFA requests the International Transfer Certificate once the move is confirmed.

The report in the Scottish Sun states that it’s normally the decision of individual national associations about whether they include a player’s future suspension in the ITC when a player is transferred between clubs.

And if they do, the SFA rulebook makes it clear the suspension would have to be served in Scotland.

The suspension section of their rulebook states: “In the event that a National Association indicates that a player is subject to a suspension, or part thereof, which remains outstanding at the time when his FIFA International Transfer Certificate is issued to the Scottish FA, then such suspension shall apply 14 days after the Certificate is received and his registration put into effect.”