Semi-final blow for McNamara

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara will have to watch the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers from the stands.

McNamara has been handed an immediate three-match ban, with another two games suspended until the end of next season.

The United boss had an altercation with St Johnstone counterpart Tommy Wright during the Scottish Premiership clash between the teams at Tannadice on March 12.

Wright was given a one-match ban, which is suspended until the end of this year, for his part in the incident.

The Scottish Football Association published their findings on their official website on Thursday afternoon.

According to a SFA statement, McNamara breached: "Disciplinary Rule 203: Misconduct at a match by the repeated use of offensive, insulting and abusive language."

Dundee United admit the ruling has come as a shock and are considering their next move.

In a brief statement on their website, United said: "The club is disappointed at this outcome, particularly as the manager was unable to attend the hearing in person. We will now consider whether to appeal."

Watch Rangers take on Dundee United in Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final live from Ibrox at 12.30pm on Sky Sports 2.