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Bhoys ace Tonev receives a charge over race storm

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has been hit with a Scottish Football Association charge over alleged racist abuse.

Aberdeen full-back Shay Logan accused the on-loan Aston Villa player of a racial slur during his team's 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park last weekend.

And the Scottish Football Association compliance officer has issued a notice of complaint accusing Tonev of "excessive misconduct by the use of offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature".

Tonev, who made his Celtic debut against the Dons, has denied the allegations and he has until September 26 to respond, with a Hampden hearing pencilled in for October 9.

Manager Ronny Deila claimed on Thursday he had almost forgotten about the row following Tonev's denials.

"The journalists asked me earlier today and I couldn't remember what they were talking about," he said.

"I can't understand the problem, they are coming with something against us, that the player said didn't happen and I really believe him. That's it, finished."

Meanwhile, Deila believes goalkeeper Craig Gordon is ready to resume his Scotland career in next month's European Championship qualifier against Georgia at Ibrox.

The 31-year-old has been a revelation at Parkhead since signing on a free in the summer after two years out of the game with injuries. Gordon Strachan recalled the former Hearts and Sunderland player into his squad for the opening qualifier against Germany in Dortmund.

"I think Craig has been very good so that is good for Scotland," said Deila.

Speaking ahead of the Premiership clash with Motherwell at Parkhead tomorrow, Deila was confident his side will adapt back to the rigours of domestic football following their European sojourn.

Scott Brown returns to Glasgow today after a routine drugs test in Austria led him to miss the flight home. Deila said that his Hoops players will be ready for Motherwell.

He said: "It is about attitude and being ready for every game.

"That culture has been here for years. The players are used to it. It is an important game and we will do everything we can to win."

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