Ayr United face Rangers on Sunday in one of the ties of the round in the William Hill Scottish Cup. However, the high-flying League One side are depleted through injury, but, this does not faze Craig Reid who claims his side are still good enough to reach the Quarter-Finals.
With Robbie Crawford, Andy Geggan and Ross Docherty missing long-term through injury, Ian McCall has had to call in reinforcements. But, Mark Kerr – newly signed from Falkirk – pulled up with a hamstring complaint last weekend while Steven Bell is cup-tied.
“We have missed guys like Robbie Crawford, he has been immense this season; he’s been out for a few months now. [Andy] Geggan has been missing, so has [Ross] Docherty, our captain, so, obviously it has been difficult with so many players being injured, but, good squads can adapt to that and I feel we have good enough players such as Jamie Adams who can still play there so we ain’t going to use that as an excuse. Having your best team on the pitch will help things, clearly, but, injuries are a part of football and the best squads can deal with these things.”
Like every club, the Honest Men will fancy their chances, especially with a large home support behind them.
“We would love to go as far as we can in this cup, just like we want to do so in the league. We take every game as it comes, in whatever competition, but, obviously the league is our main priority. We aren’t going into Sunday’s game thinking it is a bonus game, however: we want to win and progress – we want to cause an upset.
The last time the ground was full was earlier in the season [in the BetFred Cup] against Kilmarnock and it created a great atmosphere, and we won that night! It obviously makes it better for the players when large numbers turn up as it makes it a good atmosphere to play in, so, hopefully it’ll make for an intimidating atmosphere and with home advantage, I am sure that will give us a wee edge heading into the match.”
Speaking on Wednesday about the match, Reid confessed that Ian McCall hadn’t really disclosed the game-plan to the players, yet.
“We haven’t really worked on anything ahead of Sunday, so far this week, but, speaking from my own point of view, we know Rangers are a good side and everyone expects them to win. If we can make it difficult for them and take the game to them, then you never know. What we have done a lot this season is scored goals and I don’t think that mentality will change this weekend: that is what we are good at so I don’t see why we would suddenly sit back, now when we are capable of creating chances and scoring goals – we will play to our own strengths and focus on ourselves.”