Ian McCall urges Ayr to take a breath after Partick Thistle victory
Ayr boss Ian McCall has told his team to forget about last week’s opening-day win as they shape up to face Inverness on Saturday.
The Ladbrokes League One title winners made a successful return to the Championship as they stepped up to beat relegated Premiership outfit Partick Thistle 2-0.
But McCall does not want his side to dwell too long on that result as they prepare to face a Caley Thistle side on a high themselves following their victory over Falkirk.
The Honest Men manager told his club’s website: ‘Last week was fantastic, for everyone involved at the club.
‘The pre-match celebrations, a good crowd and then of course the performance. We deserved at least a 2-0 win but being honest it could have been more.
‘We have worked just as hard this week as every other week, last week means nothing now. Our focus has completely been on tomorrow’s game. It will be a completely different test and one we are really looking forward to.
‘Inverness are in excellent form and have been for some time so it will be extremely tough for us. We are looking to keep this momentum going and hopefully give our supporters something to celebrate on the long journey home.’
McCall will be without injured defender Chris Higgins for the trip while former Hearts midfielder Angus Beith again sits out for John Robertson’s Highlanders as he continues his recovery from a hip problem.
Dunfermline will have Ryan Williamson and Kallum Higginbotham back from suspension as they host Ross County, who have boosted their numbers after landing striker Ross Stewart on loan from St Mirren.
Alloa face Morton at the Indodrill Stadium and welcome back Iain Flannigan after he sat out their opening game of the campaign thanks to a ban carried over from last season.
Ton boss Ray McKinnon, meanwhile, has passed Ross McLean and Jim McAlister fit to face the Wasps after both men shook off knocks picked up against Queen of the South last week.
Jack Storer, Andy McCarthy and Christie Elliott have all rejoined the Partick Thistle squad ahead of Saturday’s Firhill showdown with Falkirk, with Mark Russell hoping to make his Bairns debut in Maryhill after switching from Morton.
Dundee United boss Csaba Laszlo has snapped up Slovak striker Pavol Safranko on a season-long loan from Danish side Aalborg BK ahead of their trip to a Queen of the South side who have no fresh injury concerns.