Sean Mackie was probably buzzing when he found out he was starting for Hibs against Rangers. By the time he was sent off, the 20-year-old was probably wishing it never happened.
The full-back had a very tough afternoon during Hibs’ 6-1 defeat to Rangers. Sheyi Ojo gave him a tough time, before he was sent off in the second half.
It was a massive learning curve for the youngster.
Hibs youngster Mackie has to come back stronger
With injuries to Tom James and Lewis Stevenson, Paul Heckingbottom didn’t have much to turn to at left-back. There wasn’t really any other option than to field Mackie.
He is a promising youngster, who can do a decent job of tracking back. He’s also quite quick too, with the ability to cross into the box. Perhaps the occasion of playing at Ibrox was too much for him though.
Mackie’s first booking came in the first half, when he wiped out Ojo, sending him flying into the air. Some may argue this could have been a sending off, but a card was just about right.
The sending off though was a real moment of madness. As Rangers looked to get the ball in behind, Mackie flicked his arm towards the ball, right in front of the referee.
John Beaton quickly gave him his marching orders. Mackie claimed it was his shoulder the ball hit, but everyone knew it was his arm.It cost his team, as it made Rangers’ task much simpler.
The 20-year-old will take some important lessons away from the clash. He’ll have felt what it was like to play against a high class opponent, and what he has to do to match their ability when the time comes to face them next.
Sunday was a harsh learning curve for Hibs’ young full-back.