Inverness CT star James Keatings will miss the Challenge Cup final after his inexplicable second booking for diving in the win over Rangers Colts on Sunday was upheld after an appeal.

Keatings went down under pressure from Rangers youngster Ciaran Dickson and was shown a second yellow card for his trouble, but it neither looked like it merited a foul against the Rangers midfielder or a booking for Keatings.

Caley boss John Robertson was fuming after the game, blasting the officials for getting two massive decisions wrong as the Championship side sneaked through to the final.

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Speaking after the game, Robertson called the decisions “disgraceful,.

“You’ve got to look at the referee today,” the Caley boss told BBC Alba.

“Two shocking decisions. James Keatings now could miss a cup final because he gets knocked over and the ref says it’s a dive. Disgraceful decision.

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“The second one, it’s flicked on by the Rangers centre-half, (Tom) Walsh is not offside and scores. Again, disgraceful decision, but we get nothing from Greg Aitken, to be honest, he’s been like that all the time.”

STIRLING, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Inverness manager John Robertson looks on during the Betfred League Cup match between Stirling Albion and Inverness Caley Thistle at Forthbank Stadium on July 18, 2017 in Stirling, Scotland. Rangers

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After the appeal was fast-tracked by the SFA, the final decision was confirmed this afternoon, with Keating being forced to sit out the final against Raith Rovers.

Even many Rangers fans on social media were quick to admit it was a nothing incident that merited no action on either side but the Scottish FA has decided to do what they do best and leave everyone utterly mystified at their decision-making process.

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