Ayr United defender Andy Graham reckons Honest Men have Championship quality

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Ayr United defender Andy Graham reckons the Honest Men already have a squad capable of putting up a fight in the Championship.

Ian McCall’s side are in a commanding position to reach the play-off final after racking up an impressive 4-1 victory at Peterhead on Tuesday evening.

Should they stave off a Blue Toon fight back this afternoon, Ayr would then face the winners of the tie between Stranraer and Livingston for a place in the second tier.

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Ayr’s Somerset Park

And former Hamilton, Morton and Dumbarton player Graham is in no doubt that the Somerset Park outfit have the ability to play at a higher level.

He said: “I played in the Championship for three seasons before I signed for Ayr and I definitely think we have a good enough squad to go up there and compete.

“We have a lot of talented players and if we were to go up I think it would more be about the gaffer trying to keep the players together.

“With games like this you get people coming to watch you, but I’m in no doubt that we could go up there and compete.

“It’s been a real squad effort this season but some of the boys have done really well.

“Ross Docherty won a lot of the player of the year awards and it was no coincidence when he was out for ten weeks earlier in the season that we had a slump in form.

“The two guys up front have been pivotal to the way we play as well. Jordan Preston and Craig Moore have both been fantastic for us and I’d certainly not like to play against them as a defender.”

Graham, however, insists no-one at Ayr will become complacent following the first leg result.

He added: “To go to Peterhead, which is a very difficult place to go to, and get a result like that is great.

“It’s very positive from our perspective but we know nothing is done yet, we’ve already lost 3-0 to Peterhead this season so we need to be on our guard.

“It’s down to the manager to set us up to play against Peterhead on Saturday but I’m sure he’ll tell us to play exactly the same way like we did up at Peterhead.

“I think the manager will be looking for us to win the game. I’m sure Peterhead will be thinking that they’re not out of it too and they’ll have Rory McAllister back for it as well.”

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