AYR UNITED manager Ian McCall is looking to do the double over his pal Neil Lennon this weekend.
The former Northern Ireland internationalist was instrumental in helping get McCall back into management and recommended the former Patrick Thistle gaffer to the Ayrshire club after being impressed with McCall’s coaching of youths in Glasgow’s West End.
Lennon might have regretted doing his mate the favour when McCall took his team to Easter Road earlier in the season and walked away with all three points.
This remains the only defeat for high flying Hibs in the Championship this season as the Scottish Cup Holders seek a return to the top flight.
McCall is hoping that a large away support heads to Somerset Park for what should be a special occasion. He said: “I hope the powers-that-be at Hibs are true to their word and that they’ll bring 2000 fans down.
“We’ll hope to have at least that number of our own and it doesn’t take a lot of people to create a great atmosphere.
“We’ll be trying to win the game. We worked our socks off to get into this league so we have to relish it and enjoy it.”
Ayr were rock bottom in the league when they grabbed the points at Easter Road against a Hibs side who’d won all five of the their opening league matches before that setback. McCall believes that it acted as a great kick starter for his newly promoted players, who’d taken time to get used to the higher level in the Championship.
“We started the season with three defeats, poor defeats. We were very faithful, loyal to a lot of the players who had got us into the Championship,” McCall explained. “They were finding their feet and finding a way to stay in games which are a lot, lot harder. There’s no let-up in terms of the teams you play.”
“Our agenda is, of course, different to that of Hibs but our win at Easter Road gave us the platform to get some good results and it’s a case of trying to keep getting points on the board.”