Dundee United star Callum Butcher has been hit with a three-game ban by the Scottish FA after accepting a charge of serious foul play following his challenge on Celtic’s David Turnbull in the weekend’s Premiership clash.

Despite being booked by referee Don Robertson at the time, the tackle was reviewed by the SFA and deemed to have not been dealt with properly at the time, with United offered and accepting a ban for Butcher.

Butcher was only making his return from suspension in the Tannadice defeat and was offered a two-match ban as a result of his challenge – with a further game added after going over the points threshold.

As a result, the Dundee United star will miss Sunday’s game against Livingston, the trip to Ibrox to face Rangers, and the Boxing Day clash against Hibernian at Tannadice.

The fact United have accepted the ban for Butcher speaks volumes and, after only just returning from a ban, Thomas Courts will be hoping Butcher can stay out of trouble on his return.

His tackle on David Turnbull was lucky to avoid causing any sort of injury for the Celtic midfielder as the Arabs slipped to a 3-0 defeat against the Parkhead side on Sunday.

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