Jack Ross hopes Irn-Bru Cup can be tonic for poor form

St Mirren manager Jack Ross is hoping that his side can see off Ayr United in their Irn-Bru Cup quarter-final today and give their long suffering fans something to smile about.

St Mirren manager Joack Ross is looking for a win when his side take on Ayr United in the Irn-Bru Cup quarter final. Picture: Michael Gillen

The Paisley side produced the display of the last round when they defeated Hibs at Easter Road just after Alex Rae was sacked. It was a rare moment of happiness in their season.

Jack said: “This game is an opportunity to give our supporters a reward for backing us in the positive manner they have recently. We are at home and it would be nice to give the fans something to cheer.”

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“We need to show that we can win games. Winning this one gives us a semi-final to look forward to as well as a platform to build on for changing things around in the Championship.”

Ayr boss Ian McCall reckons the hosts will be viewing the Irn-Bru Cup differently these days: “A few years ago St Mirren did not have to pay any attention to this competition but now it has become very important to them as a win could get things going under Jack.”

Livingston will need to beat a side looking to copy Ajax and East Kilbride by stringing together a record number of wins if they are to progress to the semi-final stage this afternoon.

The Lions face Welsh club, The New Saints, who are closing in on Ajax’s 26-game winning run that was bettered by the Lowland League outfit last weekend.