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Celtic fine full-back Edson Braafheid

Celtic left-back Edson Braafheid
Neil Lennon explained to Braafheid why he would not be playing

Celtic defender Edson Braafheid has been fined by the club after storming out of Hampden Park before their shock Scottish Cup defeat by Ross County.

The on-loan Bayern Munich left-back went AWOL upon learning he would not be in the squad for Saturday's 2-0 loss.

Interim manager Neil Lennon said: "There's a code of conduct and a code of discipline and it goes away from the team spirit we are trying to create.

"I spoke to him about it; he's bitterly disappointed with his behaviour."

Lennon insisted that the matter was now closed and that the 27-year-old Netherlands international would be in contention for Tuesday's Scottish Premier League game against Motherwell.

He's been fined, it's dealt with internally and it's closed

Interim Celtic manager Neil Lennon

"He came to see me after the squad was announced and I explained my reasons why the team was picked and the substitutes," said the caretaker boss.

"I explained to him that I could only pick four outfield players, plus a goalkeeper, plus two under-21s.

"I was pleased he came to see me because it shows that he cares and he's disappointed.

"But what I can't have is him leaving before the game. He's been fined, it's dealt with internally and it's closed - and he is in contention tomorrow."

Braafheid was signed by Tony Mowbray in January, but the reinstatement of Lee Naylor at left-back was one of the first changes made by Lennon after the manager's sacking in March.



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