Hibs boss Neil Lennon to learn fate at Hampden hearing on Thursday following ‘aeroplane’ Rangers celebration

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_sport

HIBERNIAN head coach Neil Lennon will find out on Thursday if he is to be hit with a touchline ban following his ‘aeroplane’ celebration against Rangers.

A disciplinary panel will convene at Hampden to rule on the case, with Lennon potentially facing a four-match suspension.

Lennon sprinted onto the field of play in the aftermath of Jamie Maclaren’s injury-time strike on the final day of last season which rescued a 5-5 draw from an unforgettable contest in the capital.

Referee Bobby Madden failed to see the funny side of the scenes and sent Lennon to the stands.

He was swiftly cited by Scottish FA compliance officer for an alleged breach of disciplinary rule 203 which covers ‘misconduct at a match’.

A two-game touchline ban would ordinarily be the punishment doled out by the governing body for such an offence.

However, the fiery Northern Irishman already has a suspended ban of two games hanging over him following an angry rant at referee Kevin Clancy during Hibs’ 2-2 draw with Kilmarnock in February.

That means, should he be found guilty, Lennon could be banished from the dugout for an accumulative four fixtures.

With Hibs not involved in the Betfred Cup group phase due to their Europa League participation, Lennon would be suspended for their Premiership outings against Motherwell, St Johnstone, Aberdeen and Livingston.

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