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.