Dundee United will not appeal against John Rankin red card

Interview: Dundee United midfielder John Rankin

Dundee United have decided not to appeal against the red card shown to midfielder John Rankin in the 0-0 draw against St Mirren on Saturday.

Referee John Beaton showed the player a straight red for his sliding two-footed challenge on Saints' John McGinn.

Rankin argued on BBC Scotland's Sportscene that there was "no malice in the challenge" and hoped the red card would be overturned on appeal.

But United's announcement means he will miss the club's next two league games.

Prior to Saturday, Rankin had been booked five times this season, on four occasions in the Scottish Premier League and once in the Scottish Communities League Cup.

Dundee United stretched their unbeaten run to five games with the lifeless draw, but Rankin's tackle on McGinn was a flashpoint late in the game.

"When you look at it again, I don't think it's so bad," Rankin told BBC Scotland on Sunday.

"There's no malice in the challenge whatsoever and hopefully we'll overcome the appeal later in the week.

"To be fair to the referee he's right up with play and on top of it.

"I've read it, but none of my two feet are off the ground. I've tried to keep both of them on the ground and my studs aren't showing.

"The referee is right on top of it and he's got to make a split decision, but I think he's a bit quick with the cards."