DEJECTED Dundee defender Lewis Toshney insists Peter Pawlett’s diving ban has done nothing to reduce his relegation pain.
The Dark Blues’ stay in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League was cut short after they failed to beat Aberdeen in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw.
John Brown’s side were denied the crucial victory when the Dons levelled through Niall McGinn’s disputed second-half penalty.
Referee Alan Muir blew for the spot-kick when Pawlett tumbled at Toshney’s feet but TV pictures later showed the decision was suspect. Then on Wednesday, the SFA announced the Aberdeen winger had accepted a two-match suspension for simulation.
But Toshney is still angry at the way his side’s fight for survival was killed off.He said: “I knew at the start that I didn’t touch him. Right away, I knew the referee had made a bad decision. He’s played for it and now he’s got the two-match ban, so he’s got what he deserves.
“We were all gutted after only managing to get a point and then getting relegated, but Pawlett’s ban doesn’t change anything for us. It doesn’t take away from the pain of relegation.”
Toshney moved to Dundee on loan last summer but, while the Dens Park side are destined for the Irn-Bru First Division, he is now preparing to return to parent club Celtic after the SPL champions took up an option of a 12-month extension to his contract.
The Scotland Under-21 central defender still has no inkling as to whether he will be part of Neil Lennon’s plans but hopes to finally return to the first team two years on from his only outing in green and white as a late substitute in a 3-0 win over Aberdeen back in February 2011.
If that is not to be the case, linking up with Brown again would be his first preference.
He said: “I don’t know if Celtic want to keep me for another year or sell me on. I just need to go back for pre-season, give it my best shot and hope I can get in the team.”