TWO Falkirk players could be hammered by the Scottish Football Association for allegedly making abusive comments to Pars midfielder Dean Shiels.

The governing body have issued notices of complaint to Bairns duo Kevin O'Hara and Joe McKee in relation to the Irn-Bru Cup meeting between the clubs last month.

They have been cited under disciplinary rule 202 that "no player shall commit excessive misconduct at a match".

Although not specifically stated, it is believed that O'Hara and McKee will be accused of making malicious comments about Shiels' missing eye.

The 32-year-old had an operation to remove his right eye in 2006 following an accident when he was only eight years old.

In the closing moments of the 2-0 loss at the Falkirk Stadium, Shiels was sent off following a wild lunge on McKee but boss Allan Johnston said after the game: "I think there were maybe some poor remarks made towards Dean.

"He's an experienced player and you need to keep those emotions intact. It's out of character for him and I'm sure he won't do it again."

The case against O'Hara will be held at Hampden tomorrow, while McKee will be hauled in front of the beaks seven days later.

Falkirk have declined to comment on the specific nature of both incidents.

In 2014, Celtic player Aleksandar Tonev was given a seven-game ban for breaching rule 202 after being found guilty of making racial comments to Aberdeen defender Shay Logan.

In just three meetings between the Pars and Falkirk so far this season, five red cards have been shown.

The Bairns' Craig Sibbald and Lee Miller were sent packing in a 3-1 for Athletic in August and, following Shiels' dismissal last month, Kallum Higginbotham and Declan McManus both saw red in Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Falkirk Stadium.