By Danny Wright
Hamilton have confirmed that midfielder Darian MacKinnon has been ruled out of Friday’s clash with Rangers after picking up a one-match suspension.
MacKinnon, 31, was shown a straight red card on Saturday when Accies lost 2-1 at St Johnstone when he denied Paul Paton of a goal scoring opportunity.
The central midfielder has since been award an immediate one-match ban by the Scottish Football Association, meaning he will now play against the Light Blues at the SuperSeal Stadium this week.
Hamilton announced the news on their official Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
SFA confirm 1 league match immediate ban for Darian MacKinnon, so he misses Friday v Rangers
— Hamilton Accies FC (@acciesfc) September 25, 2017
MacKinnon has been a mainstay in the midfield for Hamilton this season, making 10 appearances across all competitions and scoring two goals in the process.
He had featured for 90 minutes of every Premiership fixtures before he was given his marching orders at St Johnstone on Saturday, so his absence will no doubt be a massive blow for the Accies against Rangers with the Scotsman reporting that Grant Gillespie and David Templeton also both out injured.
First-choice goalkeeper Gary Woods is also said to be out of contention after he was forced off with an injury in the second-half loss at McDiarmid Park.
Although the midfield trio being ruled out is bad news for Hamilton, it’s a timely boost for Rangers, who will be looking to bounce back after losing 2-0 to Celtic at the weekend.
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