Hibs manager Alan Stubbs believes Danny Handling’s red card in the Easter Road club’s 2-1 defeat by Rangers in the Petrofac Training Cup first round was “harsh” and changed the game.
Handling had cancelled out Lewis McLeod’s opener midway through the second half and, with the Hibees looking the more likely side to win the match, the 20-year-old was dismissed in the 79th minute for a tackle from behind on David Templeton.
Hibs lost their dominance after that and eventually succumbed to Nicky Law’s 101th-minute strike in extra time.
“The sending off changes the game,” said Stubbs, who was making his competitive managerial debut for Hibs. “We were in the ascendancy at the time and I felt as if we were going to go on and win the game, so from that point of view it’s disappointing.
“I thought the red card was harsh – more often than not a yellow card would suffice. But the referee sees it differently.”