Esmael Goncalves will sit out two matches after accepting a ban for simulation

Esmael Goncalves: Will sit out the next two St Mirren matches.

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St Mirren's Esmael Goncalves has accepted a two-game suspension after he was accused of diving to win a penalty against Celtic.

The Portuguese forward was issued with a Notice of Complaint by the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer following the 1-1 draw in Paisley last Sunday.

He won a spot-kick for the hosts when he went down under pressure from Emilio Izaguirre and Paul McGowan tucked away the penalty, to cancel out a Kris Commons goal for Celtic.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was unhappy with the display of referee Bobby Madden, who also sent off Victor Wanyama for a second-half tackle on McGowan.

Regarding the spot-kick decision, Lennon said: "The penalty that St Mirren did get was outside the box and there is no contact."

And Goncalves was subsequently charged with breaching rule 202, which refers to "causing a match official to make an incorrect decision by committing an act of simulation".

Having accepted the ban, he will be on the sidelines for Saturday's Fir Park fixture with Motherwell and the Buddies' first game after the SPL split.