McDonald free for play-off after red rescinded

Scott McDonald will be available for Motherwell’s crunch SPL play-off after his red card was overturned on appeal.

A Judicial Panel took less than two minutes in downgrading the card to a yellow after watching television replays at a fast-tracked hearing.

The Australian feared his season was over when he was given his marching orders against St Mirren last weekend following a clash with St Mirren’s Thomas Reilly.

The 26-time Socceroo striker was facing an automatic three-match ban as a result of the stoppage-time send off for violent conduct.

McDonald is now free to turn his attention to saving the Fir Park side's top-flight future.

“I’ll be honest – I’ve been devastated since it happened," he told the club's official website after the red was rescinded.

"I couldn’t believe the ref brandished the red card, as I genuinely didn’t think I had made any contact.

“The officials made a decision and I was angry with them at the time. I know they’ve only got a split second to make the call but I’m glad they’ve seen it for what it really was.

“All my focus is now on trying everything I can to keep Motherwell in the SPFL Premiership.”

General Manager Alan Burrows added: “I would like to once again thank the Compliance Officer Tony McGlennan and his staff for arranging the hearing so swiftly along with the members of the panel who sat and considered our case.

“It’s another satisfying conclusion, similar to our McManus appeal last January and Scott can now fully focus on some big games for the club over the next 10 days.”

McDonald will leave Motherwell at the end of the season and has been linked with relegated Championship club Wigan.