Confidence is a contagious beast. Five games played and five points clear at the top of the table and the Hearts fans are increasingly adamant that they can stay there until the end of the season. They aren’t the only ones.
Hibernian midfielder Stevie Mallan’s prowess and technique in scoring a stunning free-kick, aligned to his all-round contribution, in Saturday’s victory over Kilmarnock unfortunately became a footnote amid another refereeing controversy.
Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has revealed that he is so incensed at being charged by the Scottish FA with bringing the game into disrepute that he and the Ayrshire club will have their lawyers present when their cases are heard at Hampden next month.
The Scottish Football Association has contacted the International Football Association Board (IFAB) seeking “clarification” on the red card law, after a mumber of recent high profile incidents in the Scottish Premiership.
Jordan Jones has opened up about the “worst times of his life” over speculation of a move to Rangers, Neil Lennon has banned mobile phones from Hibs’ training ground and Kieran Tierney has his eyes set on league leaders Hearts.
Steve Clarke and Kilmarnock have both been charged by the Scottish FA in relation to comments the Rugby Park manager made regarding the disciplinary process and an unsuccessful appeal against a sending-off.
Goals from Eamonn Brophy and Greg Stewart gave Kilmarnock a first victory in 21 attempts since Derek McInnes took over as Aberdeen manager but once again refereeing decisions played a major part in an outcome.