HAMILTON ACCIES boss Martin Canning slammed Darren Lyon’s red card in the 2-1 loss to Celtic yesterday.

And the angry gaffer claimed Scotland international defender Kieran Tierney and the Hoops supporters had influenced referee Andrew Dallas.

Lyon was dismissed after picking up two bookings in the space of a minute for two challenges on the left-back in the first-half of the confrontation at the SuperSeal Stadium.

Canning said: “I didn’t think it was a red card. I thought it was a really soft decision. I actually thought it was a foul for us. Kieran Tierney’s jumped in on Darren Lyon.

“There’s obviously a coming together and I think Darren pulls to get himself back into the game and Tierney away from him. I felt Tierney goes down a bit easily as well, throws himself a bit.

“For me, it’s never a second yellow card. I think if anything the referee not going to make an issue of it and let the game flow.

“You stop the game and speak to them both, you say to Tierney about jumping in and Darren about throwing him away. And you get on with the game.

“But to brandish a second yellow card for that is an extremely soft decision.”

FLATTENED…Kieran Tierney receives some attention from Dedryck Boyata.

Canning added: “There was nothing in the game. It was 1-1. You still know it’s going to be difficult, you’re playing against Celtic. With 11 on the pitch, though, you’ve still got a chance.

“But as soon as the ref makes that decision then it makes it really difficult to win the game or take something from it.

“I think it (the fans’ reaction) influences refs and this is not a hit at them as it’s a difficult job and I defend them all the time.

“In front of the Celtic fans when a roar goes up it can make a difference. You’re only human and you react to that noise.

“You want the refs to rise above it and make the right call. I’ve spoken to Andrew and he said it was the right call, but I strongly disagree with him.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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