Ayr United strikers Tomi Adeloye, Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi and Mark McKenzie are ‘learning the game’ after an impressive weekend showing, according to manager David Hopkin.

Adeloye, Afolabi, and McKenzie helped Ayr come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Arbroath in the Scottish Championship on Saturday. Celtic loaned Afolabi to Ayr last week while Adeloye arrived from Barnet earlier this summer. McKenzie is a product of the club’s youth academy.

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Afolabi is on-loan from Celtic. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Hopkin says the trio will improve: “I thought Arbroath were out on their feet, they couldn’t live with us towards the end of the game because we started doing the things we should’ve done – and we had Tomi Adeloye and Jonathan Afolabi up front.

“Mark McKenzie came on, another young player who was unlucky not to play, scores, and could’ve scored the winner.

 

“You often forget, most of these players are 19, 20, 21, and they’re learning the game against an Arbroath side who are very organised and physical, with good players. I thought in the second half especially, we gave them a torrid time.”

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