ARTHURLIE manager Chris Mackie has warned his tearaway squad that they are risking their futures at Dunterlie Park with their continued indiscipline on the pitch writes David Brockett.
Mackie was down to the bare bones for Lie’s match with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy last Saturday due to several injuries and suspensions.
Prior to the tie, the manager warned his players he simply couldn’t afford any more suspensions, but in the closing stages Jordan Leyden and Ryan Deas were both ordered off.
The increasingly frustrated Mackie insists it can’t go on as the Barrhead side have now racked up a staggering 21 red cards over just 28 games.
Reflecting on his first five months in charge, the former Clydebank and Rob Roy striker said: “It has been everything I thought it was going to be, but the disciplinary record is nothing short of a disgrace.
“When I took over, I tried to install a mentality that would solve that problem and we won the first three games, keeping everyone on the pitch.
“Myself and the backroom team are already starting to plan for next season, and discipline will be a big factor in whether they stay or go.
“Next season I’d prefer to wipe the slate clean and learn from this season. Between us we’ve got great experience and great contacts so we’re really optimistic – but we’ve got work to do.”
Lie’s 2-0 defeat to Rob Roy was their third straight loss, and Mackie added: “We went into the Rob Roy game with 13 players to choose from, five of whom were academy players, a trialist involved and I had to play at centre back as well.
“With all respect to the boys who came in, they don’t train with us and it was probably a bit too soon for some.”
Arthurlie take on Glenafton Athletic this Saturday, kick off at Dunterlie is at 2pm.