Hearts discipline Gavin Reilly after red card

Hearts striker Gavin Reilly is sent off against Kilmarnock. Pic: SNS
Hearts striker Gavin Reilly is sent off against Kilmarnock. Pic: SNS
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GAVIN REILLY has been disciplined by Hearts for his red card against Kilmarnock, although head coach Robbie Neilson believes missing the next two games is a bigger punishment for the player.

Reilly receives a two-game suspension after being dismissed for violent conduct on Saturday. Three minutes after coming on as substitute in the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock, he aimed a kick at visiting sub Steven Smith which was spotted by assistant referee Graham Chambers. He then informed referee John Beaton and the striker received a straight red card.

Eager to force himself into the starting line-up at Tynecastle, the ban comes at a most inopportune time for the 22-year-old. He held talks with Neilson on Sunday morning about the incident and will be punished internally as per Hearts’ code of conduct. Sitting out games against Dundee United and Ross County later this month will be even more difficult to stomach.

“I’ve spoken to Gavin about it and he will be disciplined internally,” Neilson explained to the Evening News. “He’s kicked out and I think it’s just come from frustration. We’ve had a chat and I know he’s really frustrated with himself because he’s a guy who is desperate to get himself a run in the team.

“He’s now going to miss the next two games and that’s the biggest punishment for him. He can’t play because he’ll be suspended and that’s the last thing anyone wanted, so 
it’s a learning curve for him.”

Reilly hasn’t found it easy to establish himself at Hearts since arriving in the summer on a three-year contract from Queen of the South. He has started four matches and scored one goal so far.

“It hasn’t happened for him yet but it will take time and he’s got plenty time ahead of him,” continued Neilson. “He’s a big part of the club, he’s here for three years and he’s got a big part to play for us. I’m sure he’ll be fine once he’s back available again.”