“We aren’t giving up the chase” – Craig Reid insists there are still a lot of twists and turns left this season

Ayr head into tomorrow afternoon’s SPFL Ladbrokes League One match with East Fife knowing it is one of the biggest of the season, with the Honest Men currently sitting 8 points off top spot. Despite this fact, defender Craig Reid believes his side can go on an unbeaten run worthy enough of pipping current leaders Raith Rovers to the post, with the ex-Dunfermline man insisting there are many twists and turns left as the season edges closer to the final quarter of the term.
Talking to jordanburtfootball.com ahead of last weekend’s William Hill Scottish Cup tie with Rangers, Reid said:
“I have obviously been involved in full-time football for the majority of my career – except a short stint at part-time level with Peterhead last year. I had agreed a pre-contract with Ayr though as I knew they were going full-time, so, that made it easier for me as I want to stay full-time for as long as I can: that is what I’m used to and it is what my body is used to, also. It wasn’t a big decision for me.
I would say we [Ayr] have the same objectives as when I was in this league with Dunfermline; we want to win the league. We were used to playing in the higher leagues and it is no different this season – we have guys who were with me at Dunfermline who also won the league, such as Moff [Michael Moffat], Geggs [Andy Geggan] as well as guys like Higgy [Chris Higgins] who has been there and done it. Now we are getting down to the nitty-gritty – the business end to the season as some call it – so, hopefully we can stay up challenging at the top end of the table.”
With Ayr having a relatively young squad out with the starting eleven, Reid agrees that as one of the older guys, he must lead by example.
“It is a good blend of youth and experience within the squad, I think. The experienced guys have been there and done these things before and that can only help us in the run-in. That can only be a benefit: helping the young boys who maybe haven’t been in a situation like this, where you need to get results over the line, then that is only a positive. However, the young boys have done really well for us this season, too, and they are going to go on and become really good players. They have contributed a lot to us over the course of the season also.”
This term, Reid has played main at centre-back for Ian McCall’s men.
“It is a position I am used to, I have mainly played there or right-back for the majority of my career. Going back to my youth days with Celtic, these were the two positions I played in and I am used to moving around as I have always said I would play any where on the park as long as it was helping the team. I think the only time I have really settled into one position only was at Dunfermline, where Allan Johnston played me solely as a right-back; Motherwell as well I played centre-midfield for a few games while I was there too!
We have obviously been up the top of the league for the majority of the season, challenging. We done well in the BetFred Cup, winning every game: we lost to Hibs in the next round, but they are a good side. Then we play Rangers on Sunday in the Scottish Cup [now played, Ayr exiting the competition], so, I would say it is difficult to gauge how successful the season has been, so far. We are up there and we have got a basis set where we can go on and make it a successful season, but nothing has been won or lost yet.”
There are still plenty points to play for, starting tomorrow afternoon against East Fife.
“We have still to play [Raith] at home and over the three games, I feel we have been the better side; we beat them 3-0 at Somerset Park the last time out and we have been unlucky against them in the two away matches we have played, so, we haven’t done too badly against them, it has more been when we have faced other sides within the league that we have shot ourselves in the foot, more than anything else, as the head-to-head record is equal with Raith this campaign, so far.
We went on a 13-game unbeaten run earlier on in the season, there’s roughly that many matches left – so, hopefully, we can do that again as we have shown we are more than capable of managing that. We still have Raith to play at home, which we will need to win, but, we will just take every game as it comes and try and get the 3 points from that match before focusing on the next: we aren’t giving up the chase, not yet. There has been a few swings and roundabouts so far this season, I am sure there are still a few more to come.”

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