New Ayr United recruits like Celtic striker Jonathan Afolabi have provided Somerset Park manager David Hopkin with ‘a lot of positives.’

‘The Honest Men’ were defeated 2-0 by rivals Kilmarnock in their opening Scottish Championship match on Monday. Afolabi made his debut after joining on-loan from Celtic earlier in the day while new winger Daire O’Connor also impressed. Rangers loanee James Maxwell appeared from the bench.

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The likes of Celtic talent Afolabi and attacker O’Connor have arrived. (Photo By Ben McShane/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Hopkin’s side face Arbroath on Saturday and Hopkin believes his signings provide encouragement: “I think people can see what Daire O’Connor is going to bring to us and Jonathan Afolabi too when he gets fit. He’ll give us something different. He’s a handful.

“James Maxwell did well when he came on. We will get them all up to speed and get ready to go because there was a lot of positives.

“We know it’s going to be tough. They’ve done really well over the past two seasons in the Championship, but we’re at home and I’ve got options where I can start to change things now.”

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