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Ally McCoist and Neil Lennon receive Hampden final bans

Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist (left) and Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Tempers fray in Old Firm Cup tie

Rangers assistant boss Ally McCoist will watch the Co-operative Insurance Cup final from the stand after being given a two-match touchline ban.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon - already banned for the match - will miss an extra four matches for his part in the clash at the Old Firm game last week.

Lennon's sanction is heavier as it is his second misconduct offence, while it is the first of the season for McCoist.

McCoist returns after 20 March, but Lennon must wait until mid-April.

The final will be played at Hampden Park on Sunday, 20 March.

The pair had to be restrained when Lennon reacted angrily to a remark by McCoist as they shook hands following Celtic's fiery 1-0 Scottish Cup win.

The flashpoint involving the two men followed a match that was pockmarked by red cards for Rangers players Steven Whittaker, Madjid Bougherra and El Hadji Diouf, 13 cautions and a series of angry scenes in the Celtic Park technical areas and tunnel.

There were 34 arrests inside the stadium for the Scottish Cup replay.

Both Lennon and McCoist are able to contest the Scottish Football Associtation bans, and once appeals are lodged the automatic sanctions are set aside pending the outcome of the appeals.

Rangers players El-Hadji Diouf and Madjid Bougherra have also been informed that they will be referred to the SFA's disciplinary committee on 12 April, for 'misconduct of a significantly serious nature'.

Bougherra was seen grabbing the arm of referee Calum Murray as he was sent off in the Scottish Cup meeting with Celtic at Parkhead on 2 March.

Diouf was given a second yellow card after the full-time whistle for dissent.

Lennon had already appealed against another six-game suspension, which was reduced to four following a successful appeal.

On that charge, Lennon was found guilty of "excessive misconduct" following an altercation with fourth official Steven McLean in an away defeat by Hearts in November.

But Celtic were angered by the length of the suspension, which was a two-match automatic suspension plus a further four matches for excessive misconduct.

Lennon's original ban began on Saturday against Hamilton and will now run to the first match after the SPL split.

McCoist's ban will begin with Sunday's league match at Ibrox against Kilmarnock.

On Tuesday, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond held a summit in Edinburgh with representatives from Celtic, Rangers, Scottish football authorities and Strathclyde Police to discuss ways to combat disorder associated with the fixture between Glasgow's main two rival clubs.

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Summit to tackle Old Firm 'shame'
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Celtic's Lawwell defends Lennon
08 Mar 11 |  Celtic
Lennon defuses spat with McCoist
03 Mar 11 |  Celtic
Abuse led to tension - Gers chief
03 Mar 11 |  Rangers
Game was good viewing - Jefferies
03 Mar 11 |  Hearts
SFA chief slams Old Firm clashes
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Lennon-McCoist rift 'will heal'
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Rangers fume after fiery Cup tie
02 Mar 11 |  Rangers
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02 Mar 11 |  Scottish Cups


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