Mark Kerr says it’s ‘natural’ that Hearts are being touted as runaway Championship favourites – but his Ayr United team will do what they can to cause problems.

The Honest Men returned to league action on Saturday with a fine 2-1 home win over Queen of the South. A Michael Miller double inside 20 minutes sealed things for player-manager Kerr, surviving a Stephen Dobbie Penalty and Luke McCowan being ordered down the tunnel.

Dobbie’s spot kick wasn’t enough.(photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It comes after Hearts asserted their favourites tag with a 6-2 win over Dundee, the Dee tipped to be their main rivals for the title. Kerr says finances will play a part but all Ayr can do is make they are ready for such challenges.

“Usually budgets dictate league positions so I think that’s natural to say,” Kerr said, “We are in it to try and beat everybody else around us and get at the teams with bigger budgets.

“That’s the case for everybody. Even as a player, it’s a challenge. That’s the focus, you rise to it and enjoy that when you to play against these teams.

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Robbie Neilson’s Hearts are expected to coast things. (Photo by Harry Murphy/Getty Images)

“That’ll be no different this year and we’ll do our best to be in amongst it, looking forward to the big games.

Meanwhile, Kerr has also commented on McCowan’s second yellow which had him sent off. He lashed out at Queen of the South defender Gregor Buchanan as the latter made a challenge, the Honest Men boss not happy with his winger.

“I was very frustrated,” said Kerr of McCowan. “I don’t know how the boy (Buchanan) never got booked. He does go through the back of him but Luke’s reaction is crazy.

“You’re 2-1 up, you can’t risk things like that. And for what? It’s just stupid but he’s upset about it, he knows. He’s a late developer, he knows he’s got a lot to learn on that side of it.”

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