Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon says Wato Kuate will not play for the Tangerines again after he was involved in a bust-up with Mark Durnan during the crucial Premiership play-off against Hamilton.
The Portuguese/Cameroonian had already endured a miserable evening, being caught in possession a number of times during a torrid first-half display.
But his night went from bad to worse shortly after the break when he and Durnan clashed in the United box.
Despite Sean Dillon’s efforts to calm the situation, the midfielder again had words with Durnan before he was substituted just before the hour mark.
However, Kuate proceeded to direct sarcastic applause towards the bench before heading straight for the tunnel without shaking the hand of his replacement Charlie Telfer.
Kuate also appeared to gesture to the home crowd as he disappeared up the tunnel.
Asked after the match if Kuate, who was on a short-term contract, had played his last game, McKinnon simply answered: “Absolutely”.
He added that Kuate’s lack of respect for his team-mates and fans “will not be tolerated at Dundee United.”
The game finished 0-0, leaving it finely balanced for Sunday’s second leg at Hamilton.
It all represents a dramatic fall from grace for Kuate, who became an instant fans’ favourite for scoring a wonder goal against Morton to help spark United’s run to the play-off final.