Inverness to appeal red card

Caley Thistle will challenge the dismissal issued to Greg Tansey

Greg Tansey - Sent off against Celtic on Saturday

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle will launch an appeal against the red card shown to Greg Tansey in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Celtic.

Referee Stevie O'Reilly sent-off Tansey following an aerial challenge with Georgios Samaras in the 36th minute, with the game goalless at the time.

A second half double from Anthony Stokes sealed the points for the Hoops.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Terry Butcher has confirmed this morning that the club are to appeal the red card issued by Stephen O'Reilly to Greg Tansey in Saturday's SPL fixture against Celtic.

"This is the third red card issued to an ICT player this season, and the third time they have felt they had a good case to have it overturned - something that has been denied on the previous two occasions which involved Ross Tokely and Chris Hogg."

On Saturday a furious Butcher described the incident as: "A deadly assault by fingernail."

He added: "Greg Tansey goes up to win the ball as you would do and Samaras did as well. The referee said to Tansey that he led with his elbow.

"His elbow is nowhere near Samaras' face. His hand flicked against his face and Samaras went down holding his face.

"If you see it and when you do see it, you will say that is never ever a red card. It is not a yellow card but it materially affected the outcome of the match."