Ayr United manager Ian McCall will have no problem selecting Liam Smith to play against Dundee United tonight – even though he has signed a pre-contract agreement to move to Tannadice in the summer.
As exclusively revealed in The Courier yesterday the former Hearts right-back has committed to a two-year deal with United.
Ayr boss McCall hasn’t considered taking him out of his starting line-up for the teams’ Championship clash this evening, however.
He said: “Speculation is something we as a club have had to live with for the past three or four months.
“We knew of interest in Liam from a number of clubs, but he has handled all the attention he was getting well.
“He has continued to play at a really high level, and I believe that he can go on and be an outstanding full-back. I have no qualms at all in playing him but all I would say it is an interesting time for the story to come out.
“Perhaps we should take it as a compliment.”
Aaron Muirhead is available again after recovering from a calf problem but Jamie Adams is ruled out.