Coughlin sees red over fifth sending off
Berwick manager John Coughlin has told his players '˜enough is enough' when it comes to red cards.
Kevin McKinlay became the fifth player to be sent off so far this season, just minutes from the end of the 0-0 draw at Stirling on Saturday.
It followed an altercation with one of his own team-mates - Steven Thomson - and according to Coff, “It was absolutely needless.”
He added: “The chairman is concerned. He has told me it can’t go on, and I have to agree with him. Enough is enough.
“Last year the club was fined £1,000 for the players’ indescretions, and it seems like we haven’t learned our lesson.”
What angers Coughlin all the more is that because McKinlay was sent off for violent coduct, he will miss this Saturday’s Scottish Cup home clash against Hawick Royal Albert.
And with skipper Jonny Fairbairn also suspended, it means Rangers will go into the game without two of their regular back five.
“It’s certainly not the situation I envisaged,” said Coughlin.
“On top of that we still have Lee Hamilton and Sean Mackie out injured, and striker Greg Hurst is likely to be unavailable as he is cup-tied by St Johnstone.
“It was part of the deal when we signed him. We have asked St Johnstone if we can use him, but we haven’t heard back from them yet so at the moment I have to try and formulate my team without him.”
Ben Stirling is likely to figure in the game after returning to training this week, but he is being recalled by parent club Hibs the following week when Berwick are due to play Arbroath.
Michael McKenna, who is currently serving a two match league ban for his third red card of the season, will return to the side.
“I want to field my strongest side,” said Coff, “there is no question about that.
“I don’t want to take any chances, because as people can see we haven’t been scoring a lot of goals, and for any team like that it makes a cup tie like this a proverbial banana skin.
“I have had Hawick watched and they are a useful side. They can score goals so they will be dangerous.
“We will still start as favourites, but I just want to get the job done and move on, because the cup is a potential source of revenue for us.
“If we don’t make it through I don’t think there will be any money to bring new players in, so in that respect it is a very big game for us.
“The point at Stirling keeps us in the play-off picture after the first quarter of the season, but I think people realise we haven’t been at our best.”