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Former Scotland keeper Goram joins Honest Men

Published: 21 Jan 2014 09:30

DELIGHTED Ayr United boss Mark Roberts hailed Rangers and Scotland legend Andy Goram after “The Goalie” joined the coaching staff at Somerset Park.

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It was confirmed on Friday that the former Ibrox number one will join Roberts’ backroom staff for the rest of the season, working as the goalkeeping coach.

The Ayr boss said: “Andy has a wealth of experience having played with Manchester United as well as being a key figure in one of the best Rangers teams in recent years. He is a winner.

“He’s seen and done everything so to have him about the dressing room is great, Andy was part of what has to be the best Rangerds team in 30 or 40 years and he will be a great guy to have around the dressing room. He’s someone who will be able to help everyone in the team. He knows David Hutton quite well and bringing Andy in will help him a lot. Andy is a born winner and will link up with Davie, Andy Millen and myself very well.

“Alan Morrison will also carry on working with our keepers but he is also at Celtic and his son plays football on Saturdays.”

But back on the field United have been dealt another blow with injury-prone stopper Martyn Campbell set to be sidelined with a hamstring problem after being taken off early in the 3-2 home defeat against Brechin City.

And while disappointed with the loss the manager is confident his side can bounce back as they head to Ochilview to face Stenhousemuir on Saturday.

He said: “Two of the goals we lost were avoidable although I can’t deny the third was a stonewall penalty. For the first we should have picked up the header and there was a calamity in defence for the second one although we really missed Martyn Campbell when he went off.”

Of Campbell he said: “Bobo said he was out for four weeks with a hamstring problem before but he says this one is not as bad so hopefully he might only be out for a couple of weeks although there’s no point in rushing him.”

Looking ahead he said: “I am hopeful we will bounce back and are looking to win as that would put us 10 points clear of Stenhousemuir.”

The manager, meanwhile dismissed rumours that he was looking at bringing in Troon-based defender Tom O’Ware from Morton but is still considering adding a centre half.

“We won’t be signing Tom O’Ware, although would like to bring someone in but it has to be a player with experience.”

Roberts, meanwhile is delighted the club are appealing the six-match ban handed out by the SFA to striker Michael Moffat after he was found guilty of betting on football. This means last season’s top scorer can carry on playing pending the appeal.

He said: “We feel the decision was harsh as Ian Black of Rangers only got three games and we have to take a stand not only for Ayr United but also for the smaller clubs in the game. Hopefully the ban will at least be halved but at least Michael can carry on playing for three or four more games until the appeal is considered.

Confirming the appeal United chairman Lachlan Cameron said on Friday: “After taking the opportunity to “sleep on it. the Club has decided to appeal the decision and sanctions handed down to Michael Moffat at yesterday’s (Thursday) tribunal.

“The Club does not take gambling lightly and are committed to working with the SFA to help eradicate gambling from the game. However, we feel that the decision yesterday was grossly unfair based on the circumstances and that there are inconsistencies in the decision making process that led to the panel’s decision. We will be appealing under rule 14.8.4 that states “the sanction(s) imposed by the tribunal was excessive or inappropriate/ We feel that we have a legitimate case here and look forward to the chance to reverse the decision and have it replaced by a much more appropriate sanction.”

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