Peterhead manager Jim McInally has urged forward Rory McAllister to keep his mouth shut after losing the services of his key attacker today.
The Blue Toon make the trip to Brechin without their leading goalscorer of last season after McAllister was sent off in the 2-1 defeat by Morton.
McInally is already contending with several absentees due to injury.
He is without another forward in Fraser McLaren, while midfielders Mark Millar Ryan McCann and defender Reece Donaldson are all expected to miss today’s game at Glebe Park and the manager can ill-afford to be without players due to suspension.
He said: “Rory’s first booking was ridiculous as he opened his mouth again and it’s just not on. It’s unacceptable and I’ve told him.
“He’s an experienced player who should know better but we pay the price as we are without him for the game at Brechin.
“We can’t afford to go down to 10 men at this level.”
Donaldson limped off due to an ankle injury after 30 minutes against Morton a week ago and if he fails to recover McInally will either recall Ryan Strachan to play in his three-man defence or switch to a 4-4-2 formation against City.
Peterhead FC: McInally orders McAllister to ‘shut it’