Inverness star James Keatings will miss the Challenge Cup final after his red card for simulation against Rangers Colts was upheld.

Already on a booking, Keatings went down under pressure from Rangers youngster Ciaran Dickson and was shown a second booking after hitting the deck. It didn’t look like a foul from the Gers kid, however, the decision to send Caley Thistle’s forward packing has stirred controversy.

The appeal was fast-tracked by the SFA but it isn’t a positive outcome. It has been confirmed that Keatings will be forced to miss the showpiece match against Raith Rovers on Saturday, 28th March.

It’s a decision that has left many mystified and leaves John Robertson without an influential attacker for the big day. Keatings has notched six goals and six assists this term.

He leveled the scoring during Inverness’ 2-1 semi-final win after Dapo Mebude put Rangers Colts ahead. Mile Storey scored 15 minutes from time to send Robertson’s men to the final against League One opposition.

Robertson’s side are in the final.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Inverness last won the competition during the 2017-18 season with a victory over Dumbarton at McDiarmid Park.

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