Cumbrians’ Murphy ruled out

Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph has had his two-game ban

upheld by the Scottish Foofball Association’s judicial panel.

SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny had issued a complaint

after Randolph appeared to kick out at Hearts’ Callum Paterson.

Motherwell appealed the suspension, but they have failed to have

the ban overturned with the judicial panel feeling the incident

constituted violent conduct.

It means Randolph will miss this weekend’s Scottish Cup game

against Aberdeen as well as the SPL encounter with Ross County.

Lee Hollis is set to replace Randolph in Stuart McCall’s side

for those two games.

The 32-year-old, who holds the Cumbrians’ record for most

appearances for an outfield player, has missed the last two matches

and will be sidelined for another four to six weeks.

Danny Livesey and Mike Edwards have formed a partnership in

central defence in Murphy’s absence and are expected to continue in

the FA Cup clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.

On-loan teenage pair Valentin Gjokaj (derby) and Sean McGinty

(Manchester United) are also pushing for a place in manager Greg

Abbott’s starting line-up.