BY DARREN JOHNSTONE @CCP_Sport
Hibs midfielder John McGinn will make a personal appearance at Hampden today in a desperate bid to have his red card overturned.
The Scottish FA’s appeals panel will convene at the national stadium to consider Hibs’ decision to contest the player’s two-match ban.
As it stands, the Scotland Under-21 captain is set to miss Saturday’s visit of Queen of the South and the crunch Championship top of the table clash with Rangers on December 28.
McGinn – Championship player of the month for November – received a straight red card from referee Kevin Clancy two minutes before the break in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Falkirk after catching Mark Kerr with a late tackle inside the box.
But with Hibs having recently closed the gap on Rangers at the summit to only three points, the Leith outfit are keen to have the 21-year-old available for their crucial run of fixtures over the festive period.
McGinn will also be accompanied by the club’s head of football operations George Craig.
Speaking after the game, Stubbs said: “He’s just overstretched for it, you’ve seen him do that and win the ball and I’ve got to say when you look back, it is malicious? Not at all.”