Alex Dyer says the decision to send Alan Power off during Kilmarnock’s 3-1 defeat to Celtic was a soft one.

Killie took the lead in this game through an Eamonn Brophy penalty. It was a bright start but they found themselves 2-1 down at half time after Kristoffer Ajer’s effort and Kirk Broadfoot’s own goal.

Brophy had scored. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The game took a real turn 56 minutes in. Already on a booking, Power was sent off for a slide tackle. It handed Celtic a greater initiative in the match and it was done four minutes after Power was dismissed through Leigh Griffiths’ strike.

Dyer reckons that Power should not have been sent packing. He told the BBC: “I thought it was very harsh, he didn’t touch him. I think the first card he got was tame as well so I’m disappointed with that. We were doing alright – I thought we were in control. Then they started to play a bit, put us under pressure.

“We were sloppy for the goals, and scored maybe too early. The gameplan was to win the game, or at least get a point, but we came up against a side in really good form. I’m still happy with my boys – they worked hard and gave it all they’ve got after a hard week.”

Missing next week

Power will now miss Killie’s next game, another home match with Aberdeen. They’ll be hoping for less heartbreak than the 4-3 extra time defeat they suffered in Scottish Cup action last Wednesday during a dramatic encounter.

They left the cup dramatically. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Dyer’s side have lost three games consecutively now so they’ll be looking for a boost to pick up form again. A small break awaits them now as they don’t have a game until next Wednesday due to their elimination from the Scottish Cup.

Currently sitting in seventh, Kilmarnock will need strong form and good results elsewhere in order to gain a top six berth. They sit five points behind sixth placed Hibs with five games to go until the split.

They will look to kickstart that tilt against Aberdeen but they’ll be without the services of experienced battler Power.

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