Rangers youngster Ciaran Dickson has found himself indirectly at the middle of an SFA storm over a yellow card awarded to Inverness Caledonian Thistle star James Keatings.
Keatings was adjudged to have dived in the 2-1 Caley Thistle Challenge Cup semi-final win over the Rangers Colts, but replays appeared to show the attacker going down under the challenge of 17-year-old Dickson.
Keatings received a second yellow card for the dive and was sent off, thus making him ineligible for selection in the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup Final.
Ridiculous that James Keatings is missing a cup final because his appeal against a booking for this "dive" wasn't rescinded by an SFA tribunal.pic.twitter.com/z2oSYUEiWD
— Barry Anderson (@BarryAnderson_) February 19, 2020
Caley Thistle launched an appeal over the decision and despite initially upholding the second yellow and resultant red card, the SFA have now backtracked on their decision.
Such has been the swell of critical fan pressure on the Scottish game’s governing body, they are to reassess the decision saying the Judicial Panel “did not undertake their obligations with respect to the consideration of all the available evidence” [SFA].
The decision was not deemed “competent” by the governing body and now they intend to review the yellow card “in extremis” and criticised the panel for failing to adhere to protocol and procedure.
Whilst Rangers youngster Dickson wasn’t at fault for the incident, he remains a central part to the story with Keatings going down under his challenge.
That said, the youngster hasn’t completely evaded criticism entirely for his role in the Keatings red card.