DEDRYCK BOYATA is free to play for Celtic against Dundee on Wednesday night after the Parkhead club as predicted appealed his controversial red card which came against Hamilton Academical.

The defender was sent off for denying Carlton Morris a clear goalscoring opportunity on Friday evening. Referee Craig Thomson believed the Belgian had not got a touch of the ball when he made the challenge.

This was an opinion shared by Ronny Deila immediately after the 1-1 draw at New Douglas Park, but the Celtic manager, having since had the opportunity to view the incident several times, insisted his player was hard done by, an opinion which does seem to be backed up by the video evidence.

The appeal against what would be one-match suspension is to be heard at Hampden Park on Thursday. This means the original punishment is lifted for now.

If the appeal does not go Boyata's way he would be able to play against Morton in this weekend's Scottish Cup quarter-final but would be missing from the Ladbrokes Premiership match at Partick Thistle on March 12.