Scott Brown has spoken of his disappointment at being forced to miss the final Old Firm derby of the season.
The Celtic midfielder is set to sit out a crunch clash with Rangers on 9th May through suspension.
He has fallen foul of an unusual disciplinary procedure adopted by the Scottish Premier League.
A sixth caution of the campaign, picked up against Falkirk last week, took him to 22 yellow cards in the last two seasons and saw him become a victim of the cumulative punishment system.
Brown feels hard done to, having paid the price for previous misdemeanours, but is confident Celtic can see off their arch rivals without him.
"It's a bit of a nightmare because I've been done for what I did last season," said Brown, speaking at Hampden to launch the Cheque Centre/PFA Scotland Player of the Year awards, for which he is nominated alongside Parkhead team-mate Gary Caldwell and Rangers duo Pedro Mendes and Steven Davis.
"You think, 'Surely to God, that was last season and it's over and done with and you start afresh this season', but it doesn't work like that.
"I spoke to a few of the lads and they said that it might change next season but we will see how it goes.
"I thought the Old Firm game might have been scheduled for the first game after the split but hopefully it doesn't matter.
"The gaffer will put out a strong team anyway.
"I knew if I picked up another booking I would be banned.
"It was 10 or 11 games since I had picked up my last one so I was trying not to mis-time my tackles.
"That has been hard but I have been tackling quite well - which is a change."