CIARAN Doherty needs to start learning not to put in ‘silly tackles’ after he was sent of for the third time this season on Saturday.
That is the view of boss Gary Hamilton, who says that a lack of discipline is a common problem among young players and backs Doherty to mature in the near future as he continues his Glenavon career.
“Ciaran knows what I think of him,” he began.
“He’s a great player and one I’ve got very high hopes for. In the games since I’ve taken over, he’s done really well and in some games there has been no sign of a lack of discipline. I thought he was harshly booked for his first yellow card on Saturday.
Two minutes before he was booked, exactly the same thing was done by a Distillery player and he didn’t get a card. Then Doc does it and he’s booked.
“The second yellow came from him trying to win the ball. That comes from being young and inexperienced. He made a tackle when he should have let their player go and kept it at 11v11.
“That happens with young players. When you even look at players who have come through in England, Wayne Rooney got sent off all the time when he was younger. It’s something you learn with experience.
“I’ll back him to the hilt but it’s happened three times now and he has to start learning. Hopefully now that he’s been sent off three times he’ll learn that you can’t put in silly tackles.”