Hibs manager Jack Ross has joked there won’t be many better times to be in the SFA bad books following his side’s 1-1 Livingston draw.

Christian Doidge handed Ross the lead before Aaron Taylor-Sinclair leveled things up just six minutes later. Scott Allan had a chance to win things from the penalty spot but his effort was well saved by Robby McCrorie.

Allan missed a penalty. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ross was left shocked that his side didn’t get a second penalty. The ball looked to have hit Livi defender Ciaron Brown’s arm in the box but referee Alan Newlands waved away any spot kick claims.

It’s left the Hibs boss questioning penalty decisions made during this match. He believes Brown’s alleged handball was more clear-cut than the penalty Hibs were actually awarded.


“At the time I am guessing because I am far away but watching it back it is probably more clear than the one we got,” he said. “It is what it is. But the definition of the rules is that if one is given then the other should be because they are pretty similar. But we move on.

Jack Ross made an SFA quip after the match.

Jack Ross made an SFA quip after the match. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“I don’t think we were great but I think we dominated most of the ball and territory. So when you add that in, it’s frustrating that we don’t take more from the game.

“But not so long ago we were talking about points to get us out of trouble. Now it’s about frustration over dropping points because you want to finish third. That’s the positive sign.”

Asked if refs are hesitant to give two penalties in one game, Ross said: “Oh I could not possibly say that. Although it is maybe not a bad time to get in trouble with the SFA!”

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