Ayrshire Post



Ian McCall wants Ayr fans to keep their feet on the ground – despite dismantlin­g title favourites Dundee United.

Ayr looked a class above their big- spending opponents as the Honest Men went joint top of the Championsh­ip.

But McCall insists his injury ravaged squad is not getting carried away with their fast start to the campaign.

He said: “It’s five games – people need to realise that. What I will say is some of our football on Saturday was a joy to watch.

“Big Ross Doohan barely had a thing to do and we have to be delighted with how much of the game we had.

“But Dundee United are still strong favourites for the league and anyone who finishes above them will win it.”

McCall’s tank is running on empty with six first- teamers crocked. And Saturday’s bench was filled by just five players. The boss says that alone is reason for caution. He insisted: “We have the players to trouble anyone, we know that.

“But we head into this weekend with four to six out again and a squad of our size will always find that difficult to deal with in the long term.”

Ayr now hit the road for two away days, at Alloa and Arbroath, and McCall is demanding full respect for the league’s two parttime clubs.

He said: “Anyone expecting us to go there and win is completely wrong.

“We’re Ayr United and don’t have a divine right to be winning any game in this league.

“Saturday at Alloa is three points just the same as the Dundee United game and we’ll approach it exactly the same.”

McCall is hopeful Craig McGuffie will return from a thigh strain to make the bench. Steven Bell could also be fit but is unlikely to be risked on the astro.

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Cautious Ian McCall

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