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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 December 2006, 14:38 GMT
Sproule pays penalty for red card
Hibs winger Ivan Sproule
Sproule has started in the last 12 matches for Hibernian
Hibernian winger Ivan Sproule will be fined by the club after his dismissal at Rangers on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland international received a second yellow card in the 67th minute of the 3-0 defeat at Ibrox for throwing the ball away.

Hibs boss John Collins told the Edinburgh Evening News: "Four games out is a long time in football and there are some big matches coming up.

"Ivan will be working hard while absent and he will also be heavily fined."

The 25-year-old will now miss the next four games over the crucial holiday period after breaking the disciplinary points threshold.

And the Easter Road boss has warned Sproule he will face a battle to get his first-team place back.

"When I came to the club, I said discipline was the one area we had to work on, it's very important to me and it can also be very costly for players.

"We have others who can come into the team and Ivan will have to work very hard to get back into the side.

"That's the nature of the game, whoever has the jersey will want to keep it and, if someone comes in and does well, they will stay in the team."

Hibs travel to Falkirk on Saturday, while Sproule will also miss the home tie with St Mirren, the Boxing Day derby at Tynecastle and Dunfermline's visit to Easter Road on 30 December.

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