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TWO years ago, Morgyn Neill was pulling on the black and white of Ayr United.

On Saturday, it will be the blue of Stranraer and it seems unlikely there will be any split loyalties.

Stranraer will be looking to pick up three points and close the gap on the Honest Men, who are going well in the league and had the upper hand in an entertaining 4-3 win at Stair Park in August.

Neill said: "I went to Ayr on loan when I was at Motherwell.

"Ian McCall brought me in and I was his first signing for Ayr.

"I didn't play much in the previous game against them but I am looking forward to going to Somerset Park and hopefully I am playing and do well.

"I don't believe people who say you don't celebrate against an old team.

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"I certainly celebrated when I scored against Livingston and it would be the same for Ayr because it is Stranraer that I play for."

The 21 year old made the permanent switch from Livingston to Stranraer during the summer having enjoyed a loan spell last term.

He has settled into the Stair Park side's central defence having been on the bench for Ayr's visit earlier in the season.

He said: "We felt hard done by not getting something from the game.

"I don't think Ayr played particularly well down at Stair Park but at the same time they went away and won the game.

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 "We want to get back at them for what we felt was that they stole a win.

"At the same time, all we can do is focus on this game.

"Ayr have been doing alright just now and they will be favourites but we fancy ourselves.

"We have got a group of boys who believe in ourselves that we can do something this year."

The Blues come into Saturday's game trailing their opponents by six points.

However, this weekend's hosts have played a game extra after Stranraer's tie with Raith Rovers fell foul to the weather last Saturday.

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Referee Gavin Ross called the game off shortly after Neill had teed up Scott Agnew for Stranraer's equaliser.

The ex-Motherwell defender questioned if the game should have been played at all and felt the right decision was taken in the end.

The abandonment obviously meant an early finish but flooding on the A77 meant things did not quite go to plan.

Neill said: "We had to go another way and it was an extra 50 miles.

"The game was called off and the boys arranged stuff with their families.

"I arranged to go for dinner with my girlfriend and before you know it we were told that we could not go the normal way.

"We got to our destination at what would have been the normal time because the journey did not work out too well."

SPFL 3L1 6474

POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 10 24
2 Raith Rovers 10 20
3 East Fife 10 19
4 Airdrieonians 10 13
5 Brechin City 10 13
6 Stranraer 10 12
7 Forfar Athletic 10 12
8 Stenhousemuir 10
9
9 Dumbarton 10 8
10 Montrose 10 8


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)