There was a sense that justice had been done as news reached Dens Park that goalkeeper Rab Douglas’s appeal has been successful.
Douglas was red-carded by referee Steven McLean during last Saturday’s home game against Partick Thistle for a supposed foul on Chris Erskine.
Dark Blues boss Barry Smith was incensed at the time and even more so when video evidence proved his goalie had not touched the Jags player.
Erskine himself backed up the claims that Douglas was harshly treated and the SFA have now overturned the suspension, meaning the keeper is now free to face Raith Rovers at Dens on Saturday.
”We are delighted that Rab has won his appeal and there is no doubt the SFA have come to the right decision,” said manager Smith. ”At the time we didn’t think he had committed a foul and the video backed that up.
”I also have to say that I admire Chris Erskine for being so honest in saying that he didn’t think Rab made contact with him. It’s great to have him available for the Raith game now.”
Having Douglas available to face the Fifers is a big boost for a team still looking for their first home win of the campaign.
”Obviously we know we have to improve our home record but we have been playing well,” argued Smith. ”Teams like to come to Dens and sit back so we have to be big enough to cope with that.
”We have been unlucky at home this season so I won’t be changing anything about the way we play.”
Striker Jake Hyde is likely to be available after recovering from a knee injury.