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Caley Jags: Players to be hit in pocket as Inverness address discipline issue

Inverness's Jake Mulranney (R) in action against  Tommy Robson
Inverness's Jake Mulranney (R) in action against Tommy Robson

Caley Thistle will hit their players in the pocket in a bid to address their disciplinary problem.

Jake Mulraney’s dismissal against Falkirk on Saturday was their fourth in eight games and their eighth overall this season and manager John Robertson has indicated players will pay a financial penalty from now on.

Indiscipline cost Caley Jags with two penalties also contributing to their downfall in the 3-1 defeat at the weekend. Inverness sit bottom of the disciplinary table in the Championship, with their 52 bookings the joint worst with Livingston.

Robertson felt the need to introduce drastic measures in the wake of their latest indiscretions.

He said: “We had a real line in the sand talk at Dumbarton with regards to our defending and we did the same after Saturday about our discipline.

“We’re not a dirty team but we’ve had five red cards in the last seven games, which is incredible.

“Jake will be light in his pay packet next month and so will everyone else now if they pick up stupid yellow cards.

“David Raven got sent off, unfortunately, Carl Tremarco picked up a couple of yellow cards as last man and Iain Vigurs, to this day, we don’t know how he’s been sent off.

“I’ve been defending the players to the board all year. We fine players for dissent and for kicking the ball away, but we’re not having that. Jake let the whole club down. He wasn’t at it and his whole game was slack.

“I believe my team can get to the play-offs. We’re as good as anyone going forward and if we get the strength of character and discipline I believe we can get there.

“A few out there on Saturday had a lack of belief and if they believe in themselves as much as the coaches do we’re more than capable of going all the way.”

Midfielder Joe Chalmers, who gave away the first spot kick against the Bairns, feels that if the measure works then it is worth doing.

Chalmers said: “The fines are something new the manager talked about after the game.

“If that’s what it takes to stop the silly yellows and give ourselves a chance in the game, then that’s what has to happen. Everyone plays by his rules.

“No one means to get booked or give away a penalty but it has happened quite a lot this season. Sometimes you stick a leg out through instinct but over the season our record isn’t great.

“But it’s not any one doing anything deliberately. Jake came in and apologised. It didn’t help the team and it was disappointing at the time but he didn’t mean to get sent off.

“We gave Falkirk an advantage by our own mistakes. Losing a man just before half-time wasn’t ideal and the first penalty put us right up against it.”

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