Days after scoring a hat-trick in Hibernian’s rousing Scottish League Cup semi-final win, Socceroos winger Martin Boyle has been sent off after his side’s latest Premiership loss.
The 1-0 defeat at bottom side Ross County culminated with Boyle being red carded for dissent after the final whistle.
Thoughts that Hibs had turned the corner with Sunday’s Cup 3-1 win over Rangers were quickly erased with substitute Blair Spittal scoring in the 72nd for the hosts to inflict a fifth league loss in a row for Hibs.
The visitors’ Christian Doidge was sent off in the 84th when he appeared to rake his studs down the leg of David Cancola after initially volleying the ball.
It got worse for Hibs after the final whistle when the in-form Boyle was adjudged to have made comments towards referee Gavin Duncan and was subsequently dismissed.
Hibs will have to decide if they will appeal against the red cards after coach Jack Ross signalled that Boyle disagreed with his dismissal.
“The referee has told me it was for something he said, directed towards him,” Ross told Hibs TV.
“Whereas Martin’s opinion, it was something said about his performance.
“The language is consistent, however there is a difference in terms of how the referee has heard it and what Martin said.
“It’s one we have to look at because at the moment it’s one person’s word against another’s and I’m not sure how that pans out.
“If I believe my player is correct then I will support him. If not then that ill-discipline cannot be tolerated because we are into a really busy period.”
Boyle has been seventh-placed Hibernian’s best player this season with seven goals in 12 league games to be joint top scorer in the top flight.