Hearts skipper Christophe Berra believes Aaron Hickey will learn from his Aberdeen dismissal.
The young full-back was sent off after picking up a second booking for a challenge on Niall McGinn.
Berra believes the incident will be a good learning curve for the 17-year-old.
The defender told the Edinburgh Evening News: “Aaron knows he maybe shouldn’t have gone to ground then. He should have swotted him away but he will learn from that. He has been on fire recently and he will make mistakes but he will learn from them.
“He shouldn’t get too down because he has a bright future ahead of him. In sport, in general, there are a lot of ups and downs. It’s how you deal with them but he is a very grounded lad.
“I’m sure his family will be grounded as well and the club will also make sure he has all the support he needs for his development.”
Berra clearly rates Hearts youngster Hickey
It’s the first sign of inexperience Hickey has shown since breaking into the senior side. He should have been more cautious about what he was doing when challenging McGinn.
The Northern Irishman on the other hand used his experience to great effect. He lured Hickey into making the foul. It’s an event the full-back will no doubt be keen to learn from.
He has been different class since breaking into Craig Levein’s plans. This is nothing but a learning curve for the talented full-back, who is destined for big things.
Berra clearly rates him too. the Jambos captain sees him in training everyday. He’ll know that Hickey is a big asset both in the present and the future for Hearts.
It’s up to the likes of Berra to pass on that experience to Hickey, so that he can learn from the errors he makes.