STRIKER Michael Moffat is going all out to help Ayr United topple bitter rivals Kilmarnock in the season opener after tasting defeat in his only previous derby clash.

The target man has returned to Ayr for a second spell following a stint at Dunfermline Athletic and is excited at the prospect of kicking the season off against Kilmarnock in a Betfred Cup clash at Somerset Park on Friday, July 14.

He said: "It's great to be back at Ayr, I have moved back to Mauchline so I can be closer to family. It's a great way to start the season and I will be up for the game. I was in the team who lost 1-0 to Killie in the League Cup semi-final at Hampden in 2012 and I felt we were unlucky not to win that game, it was quite tight and we played well."

Moffat is looking forward to renewing rivalries with recently-appointed Killie boss Lee McCulloch and said: "I remember being up against him when he was with Rangers at Somerset Park.

"He was a in a lot of Old Firm derbies but this will be his first Ayrshire derby and Killie will be under pressure to win as the Premier team. Hopefully we can pick up three points it would be a great way to start the season. We also look forward to the games against Dumbarton, Clyde and Annan Athletic and the aim is to qualify from the group."

Meanwhile Ayr boss Ian McCall is talking to defender Paddy Boyle and goalkeeper Greg Fleming and hopes to persuade them to stay on next season."

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Ayr United Legends Footgolf event, which was due to be played this coming Saturday, has been postponed and could be held near the end of September.