McCall wants Som­er­set jump­ing for top- of- ta­ble clash

Ayrshire Post - - SPORTS - Mike Wil­son

It’s be­ing billed as the game of the sea­son so far — and Ian McCall wants Som­er­set Park to be rock­ing.

Full- strength Ayr, now on a seven- game un­beaten run, take on Raith Rovers on Tues­day evening.

And McCall reck­ons his team, who have edged ahead of Raith on goal dif­fer­ence — al­beit with a game more played — couldn’t be in bet­ter shape.

He said: “We’re in good form, scor­ing goals and not con­ced­ing many ei­ther which is a good con­tri­bu­tion.

“We still look back at our home draws against Al­loa and Air­drie, along with the away game at Raith, and feel we could have won all three. That would have made it a heck of a start.

“Tues­day is a big game to look for­ward to but there are still an­other two against Raith after that so it won’t de­cide any­thing.”

The game has been switched from Satur­day be­cause Raith have an IRN- BRU Cup tie at Dum­bar­ton.

But McCall reck­ons the mid­week date can work to Ayr’s ad­van­tage.

He said: “There is al­ways a great at­mo­spere un­der the Som­er­set lights, so let’s have the place rock­ing.”

McCall also hinted he could be poised to play strik­ing trio Lawrence Shank­land, Michael Mof­fat and Craig Moore from the start.

He said: “We do look like scor­ing a lot of goals — it’s just when to start with the three.

“I re­ally need to get Craig in the team. Some­times at the start of games, it’s maybe not ideal but who knows — I could do it against Raith.”

Shank­land, with nine goals from eight games, has been named in the SPFL team of the week and McCall is des­per­ate to keep him be­yond Jan­uary. But he doesn’t want to dis­rupt his rich scor­ing run by talk­ing too soon.

McCall said: “I wanted to wait un­til after this run stopped but it doesn’t look like stop­ping any time soon. We will have a con­ver­sa­tion soon.”

McCall and striker Michael Mof­fat were named Lad­brokes Man­ager and Player of the Month for Oc­to­ber re­spec­tively.

The man­ager’s award has been seen as a jinx in the past but Ayr made no mis­take as they crushed Ar­broath 4- 1.

Chris Hig­gins, who missed the game with a knee in­jury, will be fit to re­sume against Raith.

Luke McCowan scored a dou­ble and Mark McKen­zie got one as Ayr U20s beat Stran­raer 3- 0 at Cum­nock on Mon­day night.

Dou­ble stars Michael Mof­fat and Ian McCall with their Lad­brokes awards

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