Brendan Rodgers has broken his silence on his one-match ban from the Scottish FA.

The Celtic manager will not be in the dugout for the game against Livingston on Saturday.

However, Rodgers will be back in the technical area for the derby tie against Rangers next month after receiving a one-match immediate ban and another one-match punishment suspended.

The Northern Irishman was in front of a Scottish FA hearing on Thursday where a decision was made over the breach of Rule 72 which forbids criticising match officials “in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence”.

On his reaction to the ban, Rodgers said: "We are obviously disappointed with the outcome, but we respect the decision.

"My thanks go to the club for their unwavering support in helping us fight it but we respect our punishment and we move on."

Asked whether he regretted his comments, Rodgers said: "No. I think there is just a misunderstanding of the interpretation really.

"In my time here I have always talked about improving standards, whether that is with VAR on this occasion whether it was the pitches we play on. My whole drive always up here is to improve the standards and I just thought on that day it wasn't quite where we would want it to be and was maybe misconstrued or misunderstood.

"But, certainly I have no regret over it no."

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The Scottish Football Association’s website stated that the outcome of the hearing was proved and that: “Two match suspension applied as follows: One match immediate and one match suspended until the end of season 2023/24. Suspended sanction applicable only should Brendan Rodgers further breach Disciplinary Rule 72 within this period.”

The Celtic boss was frustrated that Yang was initially shown a yellow card against Hearts for a high-boot challenge involving Hearts’ Alex Cochrane before referee Robertson upgraded it to a red, after being advised by Beaton to review the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Rodgers was further irked when the home side were awarded a penalty just before the break after a headed clearance from Celtic defender Liam Scales landed on Iwata’s arm. Jorge Grant netted the resulting spot-kick and Lawrence Shankland scored the Jambos’ second goal in the 56th minute.

Celtic released a statement on their official website which expressed disappointment at the outcome.

The statement said: “Clearly, we are disappointed with the outcome of today’s hearing, although we will accept the panel’s decision.

“The manager appeared at the hearing today, and his defence was presented robustly and thoroughly.

“Like many other clubs, we will continue to press for the highest standards in relation to the VAR process in Scottish football.”