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Ayr United boss Ian McCall wants rule change after Chris Higgins is banned for game against Alloa Athletic

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Ian McCall has urged a change in the rules that see Chris Higgins banned for Ayr United’s visit of Alloa on Saturday.

But he hopes to be boosted by the return of skipper Ross Docherty and Jamie Adams.

Higgins was dismissed for a second yellow in the 2-1 defeat by Raith and has no appeal. But video evidence appeared to show that it was the wrong call.

The former Queen of the South skipper made no contact with Rovers sub Dario Zanatta but ref Alan Muir rushed out a card.

Angry Somerset boss McCall revealed: “The first thing I did on Monday was phone John Fleming [SFA head of referees] and ask about the rules in terms of a second yellow.

“I now need to bring it up at a management meeting because there is no rule in place for a booking as a result of simulation.

“If our player was accused of diving and got a second yellow and we could prove it wasn’t then it could be rescinded.

“Our point is that Chris’s second yellow came about as a result of an opponent’s simulation and there is no rule for that, so he’ll miss out. I never ever phone referees now but the video evidence was very clear and there couldn’t be a doubt. It just wasn’t a yellow.”

Jamie Adams could return against Alloa

Craig Moore, Paddy Boyle and Alan Forrest are still on the crock list but the signing of former Aberdeen striker Lawrence Shankland gives more goal power.

McCall said: “It could be a week too early for Craig but the good thing is we don’t have to rush him back because Lawrence is here.

“There is a chance that Docherty could be back and a good chance for Adams but it’s too soon for the others.”

Ayr haven’t beaten Alloa in their last six meetings but after back to back defeats by Arbroath and Raith are primed to strike on Saturday.

Ayr 17s put in a rousing show in a 1-0 defeat against Celtic at Lennoxtown.

The unbeaten ladies beat Bishopton 4-0 at Cambusdoon with goals from Rachel Scott, Mirren Basabe-Kerr, Dionne Mair and Jodie Barbour.

Fixtures: On Saturday, the 11s and 12s head to Hibs. Motherwell are opponents on Sunday – 13s and 14s are away while the 15s and 16/17s are at Belmont Academy (1.30pm and 11am).



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