Hamilton Accies boss Brian Rice defended Jamie Hamilton's red card record after his dismissal against Hibernian was overturned.

The 19 year-old will now be available for tonight's crucial clash against St Johnstone.

A win tonight would move Accies off the bottom and above Ross County and Kilmarnock into tenth place.

The highly-regarded teenager has been sent off four times in his career so far but two of those dismissals - against Hearts and Hibernian - have been correctly rescinded.

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"It's been proven that it was wrong. He's had four red cards and 50 per cent of them have been rescinded," Rice said in defence of the Scotland youth international.

"Is that a problem for Jamie or is that a problem for the officials? What did the independent enquiry believe? I think that tells you everything.

"One of his sending offs, against Motherwell, was definitely a sending off because it was handball on the line.

"But he's had two of his four red cards rescinded so that tells you something."

Accies boss Rice dismissed suggestions that Hamilton could develop an unwanted reputation.

He said: "It shouldn't stick in referees' minds because people dive and the referees don't do anything about them.

"Referees look at games closely and they know what to look for.

"Jamie may well get a wee tag but, like I said, he's been sent off four times and he's had 50 per cent of them rescinded."

"It's very frustrating when the decision gets turned. At the end of the day, it's a split second decision that the officials make and they don't get them all right."

"It just so happens when it costs you a red card it normally costs you. It cost us this time but there is nothing we can do about it.

"That's in the past now and we've just got to move on."

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