Hearts accept two-match ban for Steven Naismith
Last Updated: 10/05/18 4:27pm
Steven Naismith may have played his last game for Hearts after the club accepted a two-match ban for the striker's challenge on Celtic captain Scott Brown.
Manager Craig Levein had initially suggested that Hearts would challenge any punishment handed down by the Scottish FA, but the change of stance means Naismith will now miss the end of the season.
His absence from Hearts' final day trip to Kilmarnock means he may have played his last game for the club, with the on-loan striker set to return to parent club Norwich.
Naismith's controversial challenge on Brown came during a 3-1 defeat to Celtic on Sunday, but he escaped without even receiving a yellow card at the time.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was upset by the challenge and said after the game: "You only need to see it. The ball was gone and the follow through is there to see.
"The ball was well gone and it wasn't just late, it was very late. It will be just interesting to see what the authorities make of that."
The SFA gave Hearts a day to consider the ban after announcing it on Wednesday, which enabled Naismith to play later that day in an SPL clash with Hibernian.
The 31-year-old took full advantage as he struck the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory.