McGhee “won’t get hard time” over penalty gaffe

Hearts' Jordan McGhee fouls Lewis Stevenson for Hibs' penalty. Pic: JANE BARLOW

Hearts' Jordan McGhee fouls Lewis Stevenson for Hibs' penalty. Pic: JANE BARLOW

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HEARTS star Ryan Stevenson insisted today that teenage team-mate Jordan McGhee “won’t be given a hard time” after his rash challenge saw Hibs awarded the late penalty which won last night’s Edinburgh derby.

With the scores level at Easter Road following James Collins’ opener for the home side and Ryan McGivern’s own goal, 17-year-old McGhee needlessly fouled opponent Lewis Stevenson in the penalty area with eight minutes remaining. Hibs captain Liam Craig cooly slotted home the spot-kick to give boss Terry Butcher his first derby win.

While Jambos boss Gary Locke did not think Hibs should have been awarded a spot-kick, stand-in captain Stevenson admitted: “If it was us I’d be saying it was a penalty.”

However, the Tynecastle forward insists McGhee, a late replacement for Gorgie skipper Danny Wilson, who was ill, will be spared any recriminations.

“It’s just a silly mistake, one that’s cost us, but nobody will be giving him a hard time,” said Stevenson.

“It’s just inexperience from Jordan. You need to keep in mind, he has just turned 17.

“To be playing in a game of this magnitude, with everything that surrounds the derby, says a lot for him.

“He is a boy with a massive future in the game.

“He was sitting in the dressing-room absolutely devastated.

“He knows he’s made a mistake, everyone makes mistakes, but as an older player I know what he’s going through so I’ll be the first one to get him back up.

“He just needs to put this to the back of his mind because none of us can feel sorry for ourselves.”