Aleksander Tonev
Aleksandar Tonev handed ban for remarks made to Shay Logan (Getty)

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has been banned for seven matches for racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan.

The 24-year-old Bulgarian international denied the charges but has been judged to have used "offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature" following a disciplinary tribunal, the Scottish FA has announced.

Celtic have already confirmed they will appeal against the punishment, insisting Tonev, on loan from Aston Villa this season, is "not a racist".

"Racism has no place in football and as a club for all people, Celtic absolutely abhors racism of any kind," a spokesman from the SPL said.

"This was a very unfortunate case, but the club has accepted Aleksandar's explanation that he did not say the words that were alleged to have been said and that he is not a racist.

"We are, therefore, very disappointed by the outcome today and can confirm that Aleksandar will be appealing this decision."

The incident took place during a Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park in September.