ROB Roy defender Jon Carter is out of this Saturday’s crucial fourth-round Scottish Cup tie.
The 23-year-old misses Rabs’ trip to Hill O’ Beath after receiving an automatic one-game ban as a result of his sending-off for ‘aggressive behaviour’ during the club’s 3-1 Adamslie Park defeat to Largs Thistle on Saturday.
Bad boy Carter saw red for swearing at the assistant referee just minutes into the second half.
Furious Rob Roy manager John Richardson had no sympathy for his defender, who will be fined for the incident.
Richardson said: “How can you tell an official that and not be sent-off?
“The days of ranting and raving in this game are long gone.
“He’s 60 yards away from the foul, why does he need to get involved?”
A disgusted Richardson added: “Nine times out of 10 you are never going to win a game with 10 men.”
But the Adamslie Park gaffer managed to clear up one area of confusion surrounding the sending-off.
It originally appeared that referee Don Robertson pulled a yellow card from his pocket en-route to Carter before switching his mind and going for a red.
But Richardson said: “I asked the ref about that and he explained his perspex pad that refs keep their cards in to stop them getting wet is yellow.”
Richardson warned there will be no room at all for any indiscretions versus a savvy Hill O’ Beath team in the cup.
He said: “We go into the heat of the battle against an experienced team who not only know how to play, but how to conduct themselves.
“In the round before last, they beat Livingston who ended up with only nine men.”
New signing Paul Craig made his first start for Rob Roy on Saturday in his second spell at the club after the striker joined from Petershill.
On the way out of Adamslie Park is midfielder Kevin Murray who has joined Clydebank.
This Saturday, Rob Roy play Hill O’ Beath Hawthorn, from near Cowdenbeath in Fife, in a 2.15pm kick-off in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. No other competitive fixtures have yet been scheduled.