Hearts v Hibs: Steven MacLean out of derby as Jambos accept violent conduct charge

Steven MacLean will miss tonight's Edinburgh derby between Hearts and Hibs.

Steven MacLean will miss the derby and Hearts' next League Cup match. Picture: SNS Group

The Tynecastle side have accepted the two-match ban offered to the striker for violent conduct in Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final loss to Celtic.

MacLean clashed with Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi, and footage showed him grabbing the Ivorian’s privates as Hearts prepared to take a corner.

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The Scottish FA’s Compliance Officer, Clare Whyte, issued a notice of complaint, after three former referees had reviewed the match footage.

Hearts and the player had the chance to argue the case at a disciplinary hearing at Hampden scheduled for Thursday, but MacLean has accepted his punishment.

The charge was likely based on a recent change to the rules which identifies such incidents as violent conduct.

Speaking ahead of the derby, Hearts boss Craig Levein lamented the alteration to the rules, adding: “[Steven] said he’s been doing it for years but I had to chuckle at that.

“I don’t think it was an offence (before), if you know what I mean.

“I’m rueing the fact that they changed the rules this summer, and then it becomes a different offence.

The 36-year-old will miss the visit of Hibs this evening, and Hearts’ next League Cup tie.