2017/18 Preview – Ayr

In a summer in which Ian McCall added quality to his side, a title charge should be expected down Somerset way this campaign. Here is my outlook on the prospects on Ayr United becoming the new League One champions.

After spending a season as deputy, Jordan Hart has stepped in to become Ayr’s new goalkeeper, with Greg Fleming unable to commit to full-time training and thus, having to leave. With the backup keeper being young LyleAvci, McCall may choose to spend any remaining budget he still has on a deputy goalkeeper to challenge Hart over the season, however, at present, I do not see this as a priority position.

With another fans favourite, in Ncky Devlin, leaving, it was always going to be diffiuclt to replace him. While not a like-for-like signing the return of Andy Geggan, as well as Craig Reid, gives the Honest Men good options down the right hand side of defence. With Chris Higgins also joining up, this provides good competition and experience to the back-line. The one area that may need addressed is the lack of cover in the left-back position It is possible Reid or even Geggan can cover if need-be, but, this may not be ideal and McCall may look to bring in a reinforcement to make sure no drastic action needs to be taken.

The midfield looks strong, with the experience of Docherty, Gilmour and Adams in there, while Geggan and Michael Rose can also slot in to the centre of the park,. Out wide, Alan Forrest, Declan McDaid and Robbie Crawford can provide the width, with Craig McGuffie looking as if he may play a more predominant role in the first-team sqyad this season too.

With Moore and Moffat up top, it provides a strong pairing, if not a little think on the ground. While Forrest can also play here I wonder if another striker may be considered by McCall to give a different dimension to Ayr’s play throughout the season.

If another defender and a striker are brought in, I think Raith Rovers would need to do extremely well to out-place the Honest Men, although I think it will be a very close-knit title charge over the duration of the campaign.

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