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'At this stage he is out of the game' - Donegal thinking without McGee despite appeal

The three-time Allstar winner looks set to miss the Monaghan clash.

Neil McGee sees red for Donegal against Fermanagh.
Neil McGee sees red for Donegal against Fermanagh.
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DONEGAL BOSS RORY Gallagher is planning without Allstar defender Neil McGee despite the ongoing appeal process to clear the defender in time for Saturday’s Ulster semi-final against Monaghan.

McGee saw red in Donegal’s recent Ulster quarter-final win against Fermanagh for a striking offence just before half-time.

The Gaoith Dobhair club man faces a two-match ban after being sent-off after he received a retrospective suspension for an incident in the league tie against Kerry in the spring.

Donegal are attempting to clear his name yet Gallagher, who declined to discuss the appeal process at a press event last night, is focusing on preparing without McGee.

“At this stage he is out of the game. From half-time in the Fermanagh game he has been suspended. It is no different to being without any player, you move on with other players.

“That is the reason you have a squad. There is no doubt that we would rather have him but if we don’t, we don’t.”

Kingspan Breffni Park is the venue for Saturday’s game which will be a repeat of the last three Ulster senior football finals. Monaghan won the 2013 and 2015 deciders while Donegal triumphed in the 2014 final.

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