Ayr United

Ayr United

Patrick McPartlin: Time for Ayr’s marketing to reflect on-field progress

The annual appearance of a glamour model in bodypaint to promote Ayr United’s new kit doesn’t play well with all the good work being done to make football progressive, writes Patrick McPartlin

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Craig Moore hit a late winner for Ayr. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

League 1 round-up: Ayr leave it late to stay three points clear

Pacesetters Ayr United and Raith Rovers both left it late to seal victories and pull further away from the chasing pack.

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Celtic's James Forrest cuts a frustrated figure during the 0-0 draw with Rangers in December. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Younger brother shows James Forrest how to score v Rangers

When it comes to sibling rivalry in James Forrest’s family, he doesn’t take many second prizes to his younger brother Alan.

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Rangers boss Graeme Murty. Picture: SNS

Graeme Murty hails ‘patience and character’ of Rangers after Ayr win

Rangers manager Graeme Murty praised his players for their response after falling behind to Ayr United on a day that he admitted looked tailor-made for a big Scottish Cup upset.

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Rangers players celebrate after Jason Cummings, second left, puts the visitors in front. Picture: SNS

Ayr United 1 - 6 Rangers: Murty’s men recover from early setback

Graeme Murty’s bid to win a piece of silverware which would greatly enhance his prospects of remaining as Rangers manager beyond the end of the season looked to be in serious jeopardy when a goalkeeping howler from Wes Foderingham gifted Alan Forrest - younger brother of Celtic winger James - an early opener for the League One side.

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Ayr United manager Ian McCall. Picture: Michael Gillen

Ayr United boss to miss cup clash with Rangers after eye operation

Ayr United manager Ian McCall will miss Sunday’s home William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Rangers after having eye surgery earlier in the week.

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Tam Scobbie, Scott Arfield and Chris Mitchell were young team-mates together at Falkirk.

Tam Scobbie: I don’t want others to go through what Mitch did

When a group of footballers met up recently to talk about their mate Chris Mitchell, the question they were all asking themselves was whether there was more they could have done to identify warning signs and get him the help he had so obviously needed.

Josh Windass apologised for his gesture to the fans. Picture: SNS.

Rangers: Graeme Murty urges Josh Windass to manage frustration better

Graeme Murty reminded Josh Windass of his responsibilities after the midfielder apologised for the “shush” gesture he made to Rangers fans in midweek.

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Gordon Dalziel: Murty must win cup tie to keep Rangers job

Gordon Dalziel believes any hopes Graeme Murty has of being Rangers manager beyond this season will be over if his side are eliminated from the Scottish Cup by Ayr United.

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Gordon Dalziel haunted by Andrei Kanchelskis showboating

There are certain moments in everyone’s lives which, when reflected upon several years later, still have the capacity to make that individual cringe.

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Fans heading to Ayr's Somerset Park face travel chaos. Picture: SNS Group

Rangers fans attending Ayr United cup clash face travel chaos

Rangers fans heading for Somerset Park to take in their side’s Scottish Cup clash with Ayr United face severe disruption on public transport.

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Declan McDaid netted twice for Ayr United. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

Ayr 4 -1 Arbroath: Campbell invades pitch as United ease through

Ayr United eased into the last 16 in a stormy tie which saw Arbroath manager Dick Campbell sent to the stand after marching on to the pitch to confront referee Mike Roncone.

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Ian McCall claims Rangers target Jordan Jones ‘isn’t worth £300k’

Ian McCall has sparked controversy after claiming that Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones isn’t worth the £350,000 offered by Rangers - and is worth less than half that sum.

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Rumour Mill: Leeds eye Windass | Hearts close in on Naismith | Norwich want Dons ace | Gers coach quits

Scottish football gossip: Leeds United want Josh Windass, Hearts close in on Naismith deal, Norwich City eyeing £500k bid for Kenny McLean and Rangers coach set to make swift exit

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Lawrence Shankland was on target for Ayr United. Picture: Michael Gillen

Raith still a point clear at top after tousy clash with Ayr

Raith Rovers kept their one-point lead at the top after an ill-tempered 1-1 draw with closest rivals Ayr United at Stark’s Park.

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Martin Boyle, right, is tied to Hibs until 2021. Picture: SNS

The 2016/17 Scottish Championship players who’ve improved in the top flight

The Scottish lower leagues can sometimes be an untapped gold mine of talent.

Darren McGregor challenges Esmael Goncalves for the ball during the last Scottish Cup meeting between Hibs and Hearts. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scottish Cup: Hearts v Hibs | Celtic v Brechin | Fraserburgh v Rangers

Hearts have been handed a home tie against Hibs for the third consecutive year in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Simon Murray, right, celebrates Hibs' second goal with Anthony Stokes. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Neil Lennon delighted by Anthony Stokes-Simon Murray link-up

Neil Lennon praised the contribution of Anthony Stokes and Simon Murray as Hibernian warmed up in style for Saturday’s trip to Rangers with a 5-0 win over Ayr United in the last 16 of the Betfred Cup at Easter Road.

Anthony Stokes pounces to make it 3-0 to Hibs. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Hibs 5-0 Ayr: Anthony Stokes and Simon Murray hit it off

Neil Lennon expressed hopes Simon Murray and Anthony Stokes could form a productive partnership. A goal each in the opening 45 minutes sent Hibs on their way to the quarter-finals and provided their manager with ample evidence of their compatibility.

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Simon Murray celebrates opening his Premiership goal account on Saturday. Picture: SNS.

Hibs’ Neil Lennon tips Simon Murray and Anthony Stokes to shine

It could be a dictionary definition of the phrase “hit the ground running”. Simon Murray’s penalty in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Partick Thistle took him to eight goals already in his nascent Hibs career.

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