‘Harsh’ red card blots Callum’s clean slate ...

Callum Booth is shown the red card

Callum Booth is shown the red card

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Raith manager upset over Booth dismissal

Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray has told defender Callum Booth that he did not deserve the first red card of his career.

Booth’s clean slate was ruined by referee Andrew Dallas, who showed the on-loan Hibs full-back two yellow cards in quick succession during the first half of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Dundee.

Murray feels the 22-year-old was harshly treated for both bookings, but clubs can only appeal straight red cards so Booth will sit out the weekend trip to Alloa through suspension.

“We’re very disappointed,” Murray told the Press. “Callum has been fantastic for us and his sending off on Saturday was very harsh.

“When you look at a lad of his nature, and how he plays the game, to get his first red card for those two offences is very, very soft.

“He is a great asset going forward, but he is also a very good defender who always looks to win the ball cleanly - a good modern day full-back.

“He’s disappointed to get the first red card of his career - but he didn’t deserve it.”

Murray felt neither booking was merited, adding: “For the first one, fair enough the ball hit his arm, but it was not deliberate.

“The ball was hitting him regardless and all he did is turn his body.

“As for the second one, there were worse tackles in the game that didn’t even get free-kicks.”

It is the second time this season that Rovers have been reduced to 10 men in a crucial league match against their promotion rivals.

“You always hope these things even themselves out, but we don’t want to be a team that relies on that,” Murray said. “We feel we’ve earned every point we’ve got and we want to continue to do that.”

Murray takes his team to Alloa this Saturday to face a side currently fifth in the Championship table.

“It’s a tough place to go anytime but the players have been lively in training this week – as they always are – so we’re confident we can bounce back.”