Hibs back sent-off Shiels
By Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibs are expected to appeal the decision to send off partially-sighted Dean Shiels.
Hibernian are giving their full backing to sent-off striker Dean Shiels and are likely to appeal the decision.
The former Arsenal man was dismissed in his side's 3-2 defeat to Edinburgh rivals Hearts after scoring a penalty when he charged towards opposition keeper Craig Gordon with his arms raised.
But team-mate Michael Stewart believes that the collision happened as the player, who this year had an operation to have one eye removed, was unable to see Gordon.
"Dean pushed off to run towards where the ball was going, all the time with his hands in the air celebrating," he told the Daily Record.
"We need to remember, and I'm not being flippant, that Dean only has one eye and at times he doesn't see certain people in certain areas.
"I'm not saying that's what happened, but it's a possibility, and when someone appears in front of you, your initial reaction is to put your hands up for protection.
"Dean did not punch or slap Craig - he pushed him on the chest and right shoulder area and not with any malice.
"It looks bad because of the speed at which he was running, but, logically, why would he want to charge in and barge the keeper when he had just netted to make it 2-2?"
Manager John Collins, meanwhile, has vowed to do all he can to have the decision overturned.
"Dean ran in to do one thing and one thing only - try to get the ball. The goalkeeper stepped slightly in his way and Dean put his hands up to protect himself.
"It was a booking, but, in my opinion, but a red card in 100 years. I think we should appeal, but it is a decision we have to take as a club."