Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty in bid to clear name on Tuesday for Hibs Scottish Cup tie

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Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty is set to appear in person at Hampden on Tuesday in a bid to clear his name for the Scottish Cup derby against Hibs.

The Northern Ireland internationalist is appealing his red card from the December 30 goal-less draw at Aberdeen and is facing a two-game ban if the suspension is upheld.

That would force the 11-goal marksman to sit out the January 21 fourth round visit of their city rivals and the Premiership trip to Hamilton three days later.

(Pic: Courtesy of Hearts FC)

Lafferty was dismissed by referee John Beaton two minutes from the end of the Pittodrie outing after tripping Dons captain Graeme Shinnie with a late sliding tackle.

The Scottish FA hearing was originally due to take place on Thursday, the day the Gorgie outfit depart for a five-day training camp in Spain, but was brought forward 48 hours to allow the 30-year-old to give evidence in person.

Hearts manager Craig Levein and Dons counterpart Derek McInnes had differing views of the red-card incident after the game.

Levein said: “I thought it was really harsh because seeing it back he’s only just missed the ball.”

However, McInnes said: “A manager will always defend his player but I don’t think that can be defended.

“I’m not sure if both feet were off the ground, but his intention was to bring Graeme Shinnie down rather than win the ball.”

A member of the Hearts coaching staff is also expected to accompany Lafferty to the hearing at the national stadium.