Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson doesn’t think he’ll need a lawyer to his forthcoming SFA hearing, joking that he isn’t sure if the club could afford one in any case.

Robinson’s direct opponent today, Hibs boss Neil Lennon, famously had the services of the late Paul McBride QC as he fought a six-match ban when manager of Celtic.

But Robinson is hoping that the evidence speaks for itself at his hearing, which has been brought forward to November 2nd, as he looks to avoid a touchline ban for the Betfred Cup final.

“I don’t need a QC, I’ve got Flow [chief executive Alan Burrows]. Although every time I’ve taken him I’ve lost! I’m not sure we can afford a lawyer anyway.

“Truthfully though, I’ve seen the footage that they’ve got on me and there isn’t a whole lot in it.

“We’ll go and speak to the SFA, but obviously mine isn’t quite the same as Pedro [Caixinha]’s because there was a previous incident.

“I was in a different capacity then with different responsibilities. I’ve been a manager now for 60 or 70 games now and I’ve not got one single incident, and I’m sure that will be taken into account.

“Neil McCann and Las [Keith Lasley] were having a wee argument the other night, and I was frightened to speak!

“When you’re on the touchline, it’s an emotional game, decisions go against you or for you and with the crowd there it’s a pressure situation.

“I head Neil afterwards saying you do everything in your power to stay calm, but it isn’t always physically possible to do that.

“It’s always handbags, it’s never anything serious. The managers have mutual respect for one another. They’ve asked me to go in and speak to them, so we will do that and see how it goes.

“I’m not worried about a bust-up with Lenny, me and him get on fine and I’m on my best behaviour.”

Easter Road boss Lennon said during the week that today’s game at Fir Park should be a ‘humdinger’ between two of the form sides in the country.

He said: “They’ve only not scored in two games this season and we’ve only not scored in one, so it’s a guaranteed nil-nil written all over it!

“I went to watch them on Tuesday night, and Lenny has put a really good squad together.

“It’s going to be an entertaining game with two sides in form coming up against each other, so it’s one to look forward to.”

With the Steelmen’s scintillating form continuing during the week with the win over Dundee on the back of the semi-final triumph over Rangers, Robinson is hoping to see a sizeable backing today from the Motherwell supporters.

“It would be good if the boys got recognised for what they’ve done,” he said. “We’re sitting third in the table and in a cup final, so it would be great to see a few more fans coming in.

“We’ve had magnificent support throughout the season, and the crowd we took to Hampden last week just shows that there is an interest there.

“When you are winning football matches you can’t really do much more to get the crowds in. We’re scoring in every game we play.

“So, hopefully there will be a few more that show up, and we will be delighted to see them.”