SCOTT ROBINSON is set for a key role in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby as Hearts reorganise without the suspended Jamie Hamill.
Robinson is likely to deputise in central midfield as Hamill’s red card against Ross County at the weekend automatically rules him out of the Hibs match. The 27-year-old was dismissed by referee Willie Collum for two yellow cards, one for a late tackle on Michael Tidser and the second for ungentlemanly conduct. He scored the opening goal in Hearts’ 2-0 win from the penalty spot, then carried the ball down the touchline and dropped it before needlessly barging into the Ross County manager, Derek Adams.
Hamill’s absence creates a void in a key area which Robinson is certain to fill. The midfielder found himself relegated to the substitutes’ bench on Saturday but came on to tee up Dale Carrick for Hearts’ second goal. He is now primed to take Hamill’s place at Easter Road.
“It seemed to be handbags but I will have to have a look at it again because, if it’s a sending-off, it’s going to be costly,” said Hearts manager Gary Locke of Hamill’s red card. “He’ll miss the next game for sure. I’ll have to see what Willie puts in his report.
“I think he’s disappointed, the fact he’s been sent off.
“I was on the pitch trying to calm everyone down. For me it was unnecessary, it was pretty stupid.
“We were just trying to calm our players down and make sure most of them behaved themselves, and thankfully most of them did that.”
Despite being reduced to ten men, Hearts held their lead before Carrick’s late finish in stoppage time secured the three points.
The result dragged Ross County into the relegation play-off place in the Scottish Premiership and Adams refused to comment on the Hamill incident after the match.
“I’m delighted with the response of the players going down to ten men,” continued Locke.
“They kept playing and I was delighted to see us get a second goal. We thoroughly deserved the three points.”