STRIKER Lawrence Shankland's red-card in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat against Stranraer will be appealed by Ayr United.

However the player will miss the final two league games through suspension if the decision is upheld.

But midfielder/defender Jamie Adams says the League One leaders will put the setback behind them and believes they can win the title, despite being now just two points ahead of Raith Rovers.

Boss Ian McCall said: "We will appeal the red card as there wasn't a lot of malice. He certainly didn't swing with his elbow but led with his hand to get elevation to head the ball. Hopefully it might be rescinded to a yellow.

Adams was disappointed with the result and sending off.

He said: "Lawrence had an unfortunate heat of the moment thing and has probably admitted to himself he has let us down. But he has been outstanding for us all season and has got us to where we are.

"It was just one of those games when we got back into it, we just didn't get the rub of the green. But we are still in a good position and it's down to us and I'm sure we have the boys and the character to get us over the line. The way the season has been it was always going to be tight as Raith have been good from the start and we have. It's now getting to the nitty gritty and it's time for the boys to step up and make sure we win the title."

Defender Craig Reid, who suffered a medial ligament injury, is a major doubt for Sunday.

Looking ahead McCall said: "Everything that could go wrong went wrong on Saturday. But it's totally in our hands and we must go to Alloa and win."