Motherwell boss Ian Barraclough believes Scott McDonald’s red card will be overturned.
The Australian striker was sent off in the final minute of ‘Well’s 2-1 defeat at St Mirren that consigns them to the SPFL Premiership play-off.
At present, they’ll go into those games without McDonald who will be suspended for three games after the alleged elbow.
But Barraclough thinks the officials who sent the Steelman off will agree there was no contact or malice when they review the decision, and ‘Well’s appeal.
The boss said: “It’d be a travesty [to lose Scott for the play-offs] it’s a poor, poor decision. That’s my take and I’ve seen it a few times back already. He’s not made contact, there’s no maliciousness.
“When the officials see it they’ll probably agree. We’ll appeal.
Its a big call and we’ll appeal - it wouldn’t be a frivolous appeal either. It’s a massive call at a crucial time of the season.
“Scott’s distraught. He was angry and he has every right to be. He was expecting a challenge from behind and he’s gone to hold the man off and that’s been deemed as throwing an elbow.
“To miss someone like Scott would be a blow to us but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. There are players who want to go and play and it’ll be up to them, if the appeal isn’t successful, for them to step up to the plate.
“We do have our final league game next week and a few players who have been out the side might be able to come in and stake a claim for a place. We’ve got to be ready to go above and beyond to make sure we are still in this league.
“The play-offs have been hanging over us for a few weeks and we can focus on that now.”