Stephen Baxter has warned Colin Coates he has work to do if he wants to establish himself as a top class Irish League player.
The centre-back has just returned to the Crues line-up after serving a suspension and his manager would like to see his tough-tackling ace stay in the team.
Coates netted in his side's 3-1 defeat at Institute last month but he also enjoyed an early bath after seeing red late in the game.
Even though the fitness instructor was on target in the 56th minute at Drumahoe, it was his moment of madness when he became involved in a shoving match which lives long in the memory of Baxter.
"Colin knows what I require of him," said Baxter. "His suspension was stupid and he needs to cut that nonsense out of his game. If he wants to become a good Irish League player he needs to cut out that behaviour.
" Colin has the potential to become a top Irish League player - but at the minute we are just talking about potential.
"When players get suspended the manager is forced to look at other options and at Crusaders we don't want to see players pick up silly red cards."
The Crues travel to Limavady United tomorrow grateful that the Roesiders' bubble has been burst. Ollie Mullan's men had celebrated three wins on the bounce - including a superb 1-0 win at home to Glentoran - before crashing to a 5-0 defeat at Lisburn Distillery.