Peterhead boss Jim McInally believes the lack of four first-team defenders cost his side dearly in their Scottish Cup loss to Livingston.
With Scott Ross ruled out with an ankle injury McInally was unable to call upon any of his three loan defenders, including Dundee Utd loanee Jassem Sukar.
Somewhat bizarrely however Livingston were allowed to field Dundee Utd’s on-loan goalkeeper Marc McCallum.
McInally said: “The most disappointing thing for me is that Dundee Utd allowed their goalkeeper to play for Livingstone and yet we weren’t allowed to play their defender.”
The Toon boss added that he would need to think carefully in future about how to best utilise the loan system.
He said: “I need to look at the loan system in the future.
“I don’t understand why we weren’t allowed to play the lads we had on loan.
“They almost certainly won’t play for their parent clubs in this season’s competition and it is something I am going to have to look at carefully in the future when I am deciding to bring new players in.”
McInally was in doubt that the loss of four players from one position greatly hampered his teams chances of progressing in the competition.
He said: “What killed us as I feared it would was missing four defenders.
“The first two goals resulted from poor defending but I was delighted with our attitude.
“In general play I didn’t think there was much between the team but they were clinical in front of goal and they defended strongly but we never threw the towel in.
“It was too many players to be missing in one area of the pitch and it cost us dearly.
“When we went three down we kept going and pressing forward and I don’t think there was much difference between the full time and part time team.
“I’m disappointed we are out but it was to a good side.”