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Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald loses red card appeal

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald loses red card appeal
By PA Sport

28/04/2016 at 16:54Updated 28/04/2016 at 16:58

Kilmarnock will have to do without goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald for Saturday's crucial clash with Hamilton after failing to overturn the red card he received against Inverness.

The former Hearts stopper was punished after dragging down Ross Draper as he conceded a second-half penalty during last weekend's 3-1 defeat to Caley Thistle.

Rugby Park boss Lee Clark appealed against the sending-off decision, even submitting footage of a post-match interview given by Draper where the Caley Thistle midfielder admitted he was not going to get to the ball after taking a heavy touch as he went past MacDonald.

But the Killie manager was left disappointed when the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary panel rejected the appeal.

MacDonald will now serve an immediate one-match ban, ruling him out of Saturday's clash with Accies.

If Kilmarnock lose to Martin Canning's men and Partick Thistle avoid defeat at home to Inverness, Clark's side will be forced to battle for their Ladbrokes Premiership survival in the play-offs.

Kilmarnock will now have to put their faith in Northern Ireland Under-21 international Conor Brennan, who has made just six appearances for the club since signing in 2013.