Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is frustrated by the fact that Ryan Hedges will miss tonight’s game against Livingston.

He feels that it was a tad unjust that the player was given a penalty against him and shown a red card in the recent loss to Rangers, and will miss the game against in-form Livingston as a result.

“Sticks in the throat”

“Ryan Hedges is suspended which sticks in the throat a wee bit” he said.

McInnes is particularly unhappy as he feels that the red card Hedges picked up against Rangers wasn’t for a dreadful challenge.

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Aberdeen’s Ryan Hedges is sent off against Rangers (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We got a penalty given against us, a red card, and it means he is suspended for the next game. The boy was trying everything to not make a challenge, it seems bizarre having the triple whammy” McInnes continued.

The Aberdeen boss then detailed a conversation he had with referee John Beaton about the decision.

“Nowhere to go”

“If that is the rules then that is the rules. John Beaton explained it perfectly to me at half time. He felt he had nowhere to go with it but to send Ryan off” he concluded.

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Ryan Hedges will miss Aberdeen’s trip to Livingston (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

McInnes will be annoyed not to have the 25-year-old available for the Livingston clash as he has been a key player for the Dons this season.

The trip to the Tony Macaroni Arena will be a real test for Aberdeen. Livingston have won their last eight games in all competitions, and will be looking forward to the fixture.

However, Aberdeen have the players to end that run, if they all perform to the best of their ability. It promises to be an intriguing match.

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