Stephen Robinson says Motherwell will not appeal against Cedric Kipre’s Hampden red card after the club wasted time and money on appeals in the penalty.
The decision means Kipre will miss a League Cup tie next season – in the group stages if Motherwell do not qualify for Europe. But Robinson argued that the French defender might be sold on before then anyway.
The 20-year-old will be free to line up against Celtic on Wednesday in the Ladbrokes Premiership and not face a trip to Hampden for a hearing on Thursday before another game against the league leaders two days later.
Robinson said: “It’s very simple. We have appealed numerous decisions and we’ve wasted a lot of time and money. Another reason is we want Cedric Kipre totally focused on Wednesday night and Saturday. We’ve got big, big games.
“And the reality is his ban is next season, in the first round of the cup. By then he could be in the Premier League, because he’s going to be a top, top footballer. We need to concern ourselves with the here and now.”
Motherwell remain aggrieved over referee Craig Thomson’s decision, although the Celtic winger insisted he “felt a tug”.