Muirhead signs 18 month deal

United sign Muirhead

Ayr United are delighted to announce the signing of defender Aaron Muirhead on a deal until the end of next season. Manager Ian McCall has moved to strengthen his defensive options after Falkirk made their club captain available.    

The 28 year-old from Dumfries was briefly part of the Ayr United Football Academy U19s as a youngster before joining Annan Athletic, where he made his senior debut in 2009. After three seasons and 100 appearances for the Galabankies in the Third Division, Partick Thistle handed Muirhead the opportunity of full-time football, a chance he grabbed with both hands, making 29 league appearances in the Firhill club’s First Division title winning season, 2012/13. 

After a further 18 months playing in the SPL with Thistle, Muirhead moved to join Falkirk in January 2015, at the same time as Mark Kerr. The pair were part of the Bairns side that recorded back-to-back second place finishes in the Championship. 

As well as being a uncompromising defender, Muirhead is a deadly penalty taker and has an unenviable record from the spot.

McCall said: “With Michael leaving at the end of the season we had to ensure we added someone in that area and Aaron can play centre back and cover at right back or in the centre of midfield. He was an ever present in the Thistle team that won the league and when Falkirk were challenging at the top for several seasons. Falkirk have had a tough 18 months and he just needs a fresh start. Again he is exactly the type of boy I want in our squad and he will be a real asset.”

Aaron goes straight into the squad for Friday night’s fixture at home to Dundee United.

Guff and Fergie go out on loan.

Craig McGuffie and David Ferguson have today completed loan moves to League 1 clubs for the rest of the season.

Midfielder McGuffie has joined Raith Rovers and will look to help the Kirkcaldy club clinch promotion to the Championship, twelve months on after narrowly being edged out by the Honest Men on the final day of last season. 

Ferguson, who recently signed a new 18 month deal at Somerset Park, meanwhile joins Jim Duffy’s Dumbarton. The Sons sit just three points off the foot of the League 1 table.

Ian McCall said: “The next part of the season is absolutely crucial for us but as a manager you can’t take your eye off trying to evolve the club. David and Craig need game time in pressurised situations. They are still both very young but both have serious attributes to succeed. They are both going to two managers that I know well and that will help them. The key is to have them back at the end of the season fighting to get in our first team next season.”

Best of luck to both players.