Ayr United player-manager Mark Kerr has warned his players it’s shape up or ship out at Somerset Park.
The Honest Men are through to the last 16 of the League Cup, where they face a tricky away tie at Premiership Livingston. But it was a bumpy ride to get there, beating League Two Stranraer on penalties after a 1-1 home draw.
Whilst thrilled with progression out a League Cup group with Premiership opposition involved, Kerr needs to see more from his players in terms of overall performance.
“People need to start realising we have goals that we need to meet,” said Kerr. “The club has been great with the boys and they’ve been brought in to do a job but if it’s unacceptable I’ll say so.
“I won’t accept it – I never did it as a player and it’s not like I’m asking for something that I didn’t do as a player myself. We have boys there who can play and can step back in so I know I’ll get a reaction.
“The frustrating thing is that we’re not asking for something out of the ordinary – just do your job properly. If you’re a winger…get by people, put the ball in the box and pick the right options.
“If you’re a defender…go and be aggressive, win the ball and make tackles – don’t stand off people. It’s nothing special but it needs to be done better and I genuinely mean that. If not, there will be changes.
“It was a cup game and there was maybe a bit of desperation to our play at times. But I’m just delighted to get through. We got the worst possible start, especially for a cup tie.
“But we got a bit of luck that allowed us to get back into the game and on to the front foot. Now we’ll look forward to the next round.”