Darren McGregor free to face Dunfermline as Hibs appeal red

Referee Nick Walsh produces the red card for Hibs captain Darren McGregor. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS
Referee Nick Walsh produces the red card for Hibs captain Darren McGregor. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS
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Hibs defender Darren McGregor will be free to play in Saturday’s Championship match away to Dunfermline as the appeal against his dismissal in last night’s fiery draw with Morton won’t be heard until next Thursday.

The centre-back was controversially red-carded amid a chaotic period of stoppage time in the top-of-the-Championship showdown at Easter Road when referee Nick Walsh deemed that he headbutted Kudus Oyenuga when rushing to confront the Morton striker following his reckless tackle on Jordon Forster.

Replays suggest Oyenuga threw himself to the ground and Hibs manager Neil Lennon, who was sent to the stand along with his Morton counterpart Jim Duffy after a mass on-field fracas, accused the player of “feigning” a headbutt.

The Easter Road side have already indicated their intention to contest McGregor’s red card and will lodge a formal appeal to the Scottish Football Association before tomorrow’s 3pm deadline. That will allow the centre-back and stand-in captain to line up in Fife on Saturday before a hearing takes place a week today to determine if his two-match ban will stand or not.

Oyenuga was shown a red card for his tackle on Forster, but could face further action if he is deemed guilty of simulation.

It remains to be seen what action will be taken by the SFA’s compliance officer, who is currently reviewing the scenes from the well-documented stoppage-time brawl.