Ayr United manager David Hopkin says he’s pleased the Somerset Park club have their Scottish Championship destiny in their own hands ahead of Friday’s huge trip to Inverness.

The Honest Men can seal their position in the division this Friday as they travel to the Highlands. They sit between Arbroath and Morton in eighth place, with the result of that match potentially having a bearing on whether Ayr have to contest a relegation play-off match.

Ayr United face a huge week.

Ayr United face a huge week. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Having shown improvement in their 0-0 draw with Queen of the South on Saturday, Hopkin said: “I think for the effort, the commitment, the chances we had in the game, we have to score. In the second half, we’ve had three or four good chances to score.

“You can see that Queens just came for a point, and I thought the longer the game went, I didn’t want to get hit on the counter attack, but fair play to the players, they gave me everything. I asked them for a performance and they gave me it, but I just think the amount of chances made this winnable.


“It’s good that we’ve managed to hang in there, especially after last week. I said to the players during the week that we have to be resilient and we were. It’s tough at this level, you make mistakes and you get punished, but I thought we should’ve won the game.

“When I came to the club, my remit was to keep Ayr in the Championship. We didn’t want to get relegated straight down, we’ve got a chance to stay out of the playoffs. We’ve got a massive game in Inverness, but there’s another massive game between Morton and Arbroath.”

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