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Lennon avoids a Hampden ban as McGinn wins his battle for fitness

By Adam McKendry

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon will be on the touchline for his side's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen tomorrow.

The Ulsterman was due to face a hearing yesterday in regards to his altercation with Greenock Morton boss Jim Duffy in the two sides' 0-0 draw on March 29.

The two coaches came together in the midst of a mass player brawl towards the end of the match at Easter Road.

However, the hearing was postponed due to Hibs' solicitor's unavailability, meaning Lennon is free to take his place on the touchline for the semi-final.

His hearing, for three charges of "adopting an aggressive attitude", will now take place on April 25.

Duffy, meanwhile, has been informed he will serve a two-match ban after his hearing went ahead yesterday afternoon.

He was charged with entering Hibs' technical area during the clash and also adopting an aggressive attitude.

Duffy's assistant, Craig McPherson, was also due to answer the same charges, but had the complaint against him withdrawn.

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland winger Niall McGinn will take part in tomorrow's semi-final after he was passed fit to play for Aberdeen.

The 29-year old missed the Dons' trip to St Johnstone last weekend with a groin injury, but manager Derek McInnes has revealed that McGinn is available for selection again.

"Niall trained today and did lots of work with the physios on Tuesday and Wednesday as well," McInnes said.

"He was not fit (last weekend), but he will travel to Hampden."

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