CRAIG LEVEIN has attacked the decision to reject Kyle Lafferty’s appeal against a red-card that will rule him out of the crunch tie against Hibs at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup.
The 30-year-old was handed down a two-match suspension that will rule him out of the Hibs game on the 21st as well as the trip to Hamilton Accies on the 24th.
Levein believes that Lafferty shouldn’t have seen red for the challenge on Shinnie, which referee John Beaton deemed dangerous foul play.
“Looking at it in isolation, I thought it would go our way. I’m disappointed because I do think it’s unfair. I still think it’s harsh looking at other people who have won appeals.
“It’s done now, there’s nothing we can do.
“It was a process that was very heavily weighted one way.
“Nobody will be more disappointed than Kyle. It’s him I feel sorry for because he’ll miss an important match.”
The Northern Irishman will now have to sit out of the Scottish Cup tie as the Jambos look to end the 8-game unbeaten streak that their arch-rivals are enjoying.