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Celtic new bhoy gets the all clear from the SFA

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Alexandro Bernabei has been cleared to play in Celtic’s SPFL opener against Aberdeen on July 31. 

The defender was red carded in his final appearance for Lanus against Colon on June on June 19 with Celtic delaying the announcement of the transfer until June 30. 

When the transfer was formally registered with the SFA isn’t known but as The Scottish Express reports the new bhoy is clear to be involved with Celtic from Matchday One in the SPFL: 

Alexandro Bernabei is free to start the season for Celtic as a two-game ban in his homeland of Argentina will NOT be applicable here. 

The 23-year-old was sent off for headbutting Colon star Augusto Schott in an Argentinian Premier League match while making his final appearance for Lanus ahead of his £3.75million move to Parkhead. 

There were fears that the suspension that followed would be transferred from the Argentinian FA to the Scottish FA and therefore he would miss the opening two SPFL Premiership clashes of the season – the flag-unfurling against Aberdeen on Sunday, July 31 and then the away trip to Ross County the following Saturday. 

Bernabei is currently with the Celtic squad in Austria preparing for tonight’s friendly match against Wiener Viktoria, the first of three matches in eight days for Ange Postecoglou’s squad. 

Transferring suspensions is something of a grey area with no hard and fast rules, since Bernabei’s red card Lanus have played matches two league and one cup match. 

Bernabei’s biggest opponent to a place in the Celtic side will come from Greg Taylor who established himself as first choice left-back last season ahead of competition from Boli Bolingoli, Liam Scales and Adam Montgomery. 

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