Ex-Hibs & Falkirk striker Farid El Alagui aiming to help shoot Ayr United to SPFL Championship safety

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NEW signing Farid El Alagui hopes to add the finishing touches to lift Ayr United away from relegation trouble.

The former Hibs and Falkirk striker has been forced to wait for his debut after being cup-tied for the double header against Clyde following the agreement of a short-term deal at Somerset Park.

The 31-year-old is finally in line to play against Dumbarton on Saturday afternoon after opting to leave Dunfermline before the transfer deadline in search of more football.

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Ayr have drawn seven of their last 10 Championship matches to remain in second-bottom spot, seven points clear of St Mirren and four adrift of today’s opponents and Raith Rovers.

And El Alagui is determined to make a positive impact in attack as the Honest Men battle to avoid dropping back into League One.

The French-Moroccan marksman said: “It was frustrating that I couldn’t play in the cup game or the replay but now I just can’t wait to play on Saturday.

“That will be up to the manager, of course, but hopefully I can be involved.

“It’s been a bit start and stop for me this season and I am just excited to be able to play again.

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“I was offered a new contract to stay at Dunfermline but I wanted to play more football.

“I’m never just happy sitting on the bench and watching the play, and I really felt that [Ayr manager] Ian McCall wanted me and that’s a nice thing to have.

“I don’t think Ayr are in the right position now in the league. They’ve drawn a lot of games in the last few matches and that shows they are not far away from victories.

“Hopefully I can help them to get that momentum right and make sure we score goals when we have the chances and move up the table.”

El Alagui was annoyed that Dunfermline made it public that he was exploring the possibility of a move to Asia after turning down a new deal at East End Park.

He added: “I am always interested in new experiences. I will just have to work hard for the next three months and see what will come up again in the summer.”

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