Kilmarnock match preview
Kilmarnock vs. Ayr United
Monday 2nd August 2021. Kick-off 7.45pm
On Monday evening, the Honest Men kick-off their league campaign with a trip to the BBSP Stadium for a long-awaited - and much anticipated - Ayrshire derby, the first league meeting between the sides for 28 years.
With no travelling fans, United will need to overcome a partisan atmosphere at Rugby Park for the game which is being broadcast live on BBC Scotland.
Kilmarnock’s extended stay in the top flight ended in May with Dundee defeating them 4-2 on aggregate in the Premiership play-off final. Former St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright, who took over from Alex Dyer in February, was unable to turn around the fortunes of the club and just two years after finishing third under Steve Clarke, Killie find themselves in the Championship.
With 23 players out of contract in the summer, only a handful of last season’s squad remain, most notably Rory McKenzie and the experienced Chris Burke. Innes Cameron, who spent an unsuccessful spell on loan at Somerset Park last year, has led the line for them so far this season.
Tommy Wright’s side progressed through their Premier Sports Cup group despite paying the penalty for fielding the suspended Daniel Armstrong in a 2-0 win over East Kilbride. Killie also defeated Clyde and Stranraer 2-1 and Morton on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Rugby Park.
Everyone is fit and available.
The Manager Says:
Head to Head
Last Meeting: The rivals last met on the opening day of the 2017/18 season in the group stage of the Betfred Cup. A 39th minute Andy Geggan header in front of the travelling supporters in the Railway End at Somerset Park gave the Honest Men a well deserved win.
Team: Hart; Geggan, Boyle, Higgins, Rose (Gilmour); Crawford, Docherty, Adams, McDaid; Moffat, Moore.
Referee – Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1 – Calum Spence
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond
Fourth Official - Grant Irvine
BBC Scotland’s coverage of the game commences at 7.30pm.
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