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Wilson awaits 'elbow' appeal decision

KELVIN Wilson was making a personal appearance at Hampden today as he sought to have the violent conduct charge which followed Celtic's game against Dundee at Dens Park last week overturned.

The Hoops defender was issued with a notice of complaint by the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer, Vincent Lunny, for allegedly using an elbow on John Baird.

The former Nottingham Forest player rejected the offer of a two-game ban and hopes the Dundee player's take on the incident will be taken into consideration.

Baird said after the match: "It was an elbow, but I have to stress I think it was accidental."

After Celtic's 1-0 Premier League win over Motherwell at Parkhead yesterday, where Gary Hooper scored a 79th-minute winner, Wilson protested his innocence.

"It wasn't an elbow so I don't know where the violent conduct has come from," he said.


"To be fair the boy said he was grabbing my shirt and I was just trying to get away, which I was, and unfortunately I caught him.

"If you go into a court of law and someone gives a statement like that then it is taken into consideration so I hope that is the case.

"But we will see. If it goes against me I will just have to get on with it but hopefully the people will see sense and it will get resolved."

Wilson was given a reprieve of sorts by Fraser Forster, who made a brilliant save from Tom Hateley's penalty, awarded for Wilson's challenge on Jamie Murphy, just before Hooper converted a Georgios Samaras cross.

Wilson said: "It was a stonewall penalty but Fraser made a great save. It was a relief and when Hooper scored it made it a perfect ending.

"I just said well done to Fraser afterwards and he just shook his head as if to say 'That's another one'.

"He is probably the best keeper I have played in front of."